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blacktip

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I need help with Identification
« on: August 02, 2008, 13:18:40 UTC »
Can anyone help me with ID. This was spotted off Lighthouse Reef Belize
« Last Edit: August 02, 2008, 15:27:45 UTC by blacktip »

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An octocorallia of some sort. (nt)
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 11:13:54 UTC »
(nt)

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 22:25:34 UTC »
A friend's friend said it was a encrusting form of "briareum asbestinum" or deadman's fingers. I don't know any better. I agree with DocV it's definitely an Octocarralian.

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008, 11:16:01 UTC »
Hi blacktip,

The Octocarralia briareum asbestinum certainly is a possibility.

Regards,

DocVikingo


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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 21:23:49 UTC »
I sent the photo to the tropical gallery aquarist at the New England Aquarium (he's a good friend) to see what his ID is on this. 

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008, 16:16:43 UTC »
Hey Don,

Now that's what I call a useful resource.

Thanks,

Doc

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008, 16:30:10 UTC »
He just responded asking if I knew the scale of the photo.  I told him I would guess that the polyps are about an inch long given you can see a couple of brain coral ridges in the lower right corner.  Is that a reasonable guess as to the size?

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008, 21:56:42 UTC »
I would guess maybe an inch to an inch and 1/2. Thanks for the effort.

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Re: I need help with Identification
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008, 18:59:10 UTC »
I am a member (free to join) of the on line photo community Wet Pixel wetpixel.com

Within the forums you will find a Critter ID resource, there are folks from all over the world, with varied levels of experience, from new divers to PHDs who are active in helping to ID the weird and wonderful.

I also find the DeLoach / Humann books to be a fantastic resource, although the complete set of Fish / Creatures / Corals can be pricey, but most dive shops have a copy to help with the more tricky IDs, but even then we still find stuff which has been termed NIB or Not In Book!

Good luck!

Kay Wilson,
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