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Forum: Other Invertebrates 01/12/2008, 12:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,102
Posted By LeslieH
That's a Trapezia, an obligate commensal crab on...

That's a Trapezia, an obligate commensal crab on lives on pocilloporid corals. It's harmless and even beneficial to its host.
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/07/2008, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By LeslieH
Does yours have the same prominent eye stalks and...

Does yours have the same prominent eye stalks and body shape? Then it's in the family Ocypodidae. These are mud & sand crabs typically found on the beach or in shallow water. They eat small...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 01/07/2008, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By LeslieH
:) It does look like a Mithrax. Several species...

:) It does look like a Mithrax. Several species in the genus have hairy legs. Do keep in mind that while most people seem to be entirely happy with their emeralds some have reported that the crabs...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 01/05/2008, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By LeslieH
They live inside the clam usually in mated pairs....

They live inside the clam usually in mated pairs. These black spotted ones are in the genera Anchistos and Paranchistos. They are thought to feed on the mix of mucus and dead cells that the clams...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/05/2008, 12:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,053
Posted By LeslieH
Wussies...... :D

Wussies...... :D
Forum: Other Invertebrates 01/05/2008, 12:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By LeslieH
Do you know what part of the world your shrimp...

Do you know what part of the world your shrimp came from? A. immaculatus (which has been split into several species) - is only from the Caribbean. Check out the Alpheidae Shrimp Database. It's...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/04/2008, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 394
Posted By LeslieH
I'm not sure the 2nd pic is a nudibranch. Any...

I'm not sure the 2nd pic is a nudibranch. Any chance you can catch it & put it in a dish for another picture?
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/01/2008, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 428
Posted By LeslieH
Agu -- capitellids & cirratulids (the hair...

Agu -- capitellids & cirratulids (the hair worms) are so well known for their ability to population low oxygen & pollution areas that they are considered prime pollution indicator species. A bottom...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/01/2008, 11:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 428
Posted By LeslieH
Chuck's Addiction is the best photo site for...

Chuck's Addiction is the best photo site for reefers - http://home2.pacific.net.ph/~sweetyummy42/index.html He lives in the Philippines where he can pick up a constant supply of live rock and...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/01/2008, 02:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By LeslieH
Platypodiella spectabilis, the gaudy clown crab. ...

Platypodiella spectabilis, the gaudy clown crab. It is adorable, isn't it? But not reef safe, sorry. Do you have a sump or refugium you can put it in?
Forum: Reef Discussion 12/31/2007, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By LeslieH
:lol: It's in family Cirratulidae but I...

:lol:

It's in family Cirratulidae but I wouldn't go so far as to call it a Timarete. There are species in other genera that have the same coloration. Doesn't matter, they all basically act &...
Forum: Reef Discussion 12/31/2007, 08:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 428
Posted By LeslieH
o.c.d. - most polychaetes have the same general...

o.c.d. - most polychaetes have the same general body structure. Distinctions come from the appendages and type of setae (= bristles). The books usually list 10 or less of the bigger worms. There's...
Forum: Reef Discussion 12/31/2007, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 428
Posted By LeslieH
Probably a capitellid. These are primarily...

Probably a capitellid. These are primarily sediment dwellers and feed by selectively choosing organic particles or by swallowing sand grains & digesting the attached organics. They don't have jaws;...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/27/2007, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By LeslieH
Big eunicids can be bad, small ones usually...

Big eunicids can be bad, small ones usually aren't. Palolo worms are eunicids and are responsible for a big part of the bioerosion that breaks down dead coral on reefs.
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/25/2007, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By LeslieH
It's an undescribed species of Cuthona that eats...

It's an undescribed species of Cuthona that eats only zoas. If you have a lot that means you also have a lot of eggs ready to hatch into hungry juveniles. If you want to save your zoas you'll need...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/24/2007, 10:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By LeslieH
That's exactly what they are. These swimmers are...

That's exactly what they are. These swimmers are polychaetes (or their posterior regions) that become modified as they mature sexually. The modified forms are called epitokes. When fully mature &...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/24/2007, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By LeslieH
That's really interesting. Normally the tube...

That's really interesting. Normally the tube dwelling polychaetes have multiple tentacles that they use to pick up food but I could only see a single tentacle. It's possible that the entire worm is...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/24/2007, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By LeslieH
Sorry, I can't go past "wormie-sorta-thingie". ...

Sorry, I can't go past "wormie-sorta-thingie". There's just not enough detail in the video. I can see that the proboscis comes out to grab things but no detail.
Forum: Reef Discussion 12/22/2007, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 459
Posted By LeslieH
No, it's a specialized predator and will only eat...

No, it's a specialized predator and will only eat a certain type or types of sponges.
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/22/2007, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By LeslieH
Those are acoels. They're micro-grazers and/or...

Those are acoels. They're micro-grazers and/or micro-carnivores as far as I know and harmless to the larger reef animals like coals. There haven't been any reports of these having population...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/22/2007, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By LeslieH
Oops, sorry I forgot to add the link. Lancer99,...

Oops, sorry I forgot to add the link. Lancer99, thanks for posting it.
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/21/2007, 09:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By LeslieH
Have you posted in the RC Tridacna clam forum? ...

Have you posted in the RC Tridacna clam forum? The clam fanciers would have more experience with this sort of thing.
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/21/2007, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By LeslieH
Only one tentacle per tube? Interesting - I look...

Only one tentacle per tube? Interesting - I look forward to seeing your picture. If possible, scrape off a couple of them so you can get a close up pic of them in a dish. Tank shots often don't...
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/21/2007, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 665
Posted By LeslieH
the critters that look like tiny bristle worms...

the critters that look like tiny bristle worms probably are polychaetes of some kind. It's much more likely that they are reproductive adults getting ready to spawn rather than juveniles.
Forum: Other Invertebrates 12/21/2007, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By LeslieH
I see two possibilities. The first is that it's...

I see two possibilities. The first is that it's malnourished and shrinking because of it. The other is that your original cucumber split into two for some reason which explains the diminished size....
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