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Astrophyton muricatum

(Lamarck, 1816)

Angel Res More at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JARibas-Fotos-Submarinas-Underwater-Photo/174408749364343 My public profile: https://www.facebook.com/pages/José-Angel-Ribas-Espiñeira/278157108865387

Giorgio Cavallaro (Y)

Rafa Ardijump Cosme Mola..que es Jari?

Patricia Perret ID please

Angel Res Rafa: Un parasito que trepaba por una gorgonia. Patricia Perret: I don't now... I think is a parasit "star type", i see when move in the plant.

Patricia Perret Symetry 5: could be! Moving fast? Which size?

Angel Res 1st: Sorry for my english Patricia: Size, posible 2cm. Moving slow, but the hands, more fast.

Patricia Perret I try to found the ID but maybe will take time. Thanks

Patricia Perret last question: Where did you take this picture?

Ron Silver Astrobrachion sp?

Angel Res Patricia Perret. I take in Cuba Island (Caribe) in 2010.

Patricia Perret Basket Stars, Class Ophiuroidea from Euryalidae Order but specie name not found http://www.marinespecies.org/ophiuroidea/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=196223

Angel Res Good job Patricia Perret. Thanks and sorry.. normally i take pictures of all i see, but never search for names or species.. thanks another time.

Bert Ras I took some pictures on Bonaire of the Basket Star!: http://in2h2o.nl/en/galleries/2009/bonaire-underwater#22 http://in2h2o.nl/en/galleries/2009/bonaire-underwater#23

Ron Silver Giant Basket Star (Juvenile), Astrophyton muricatum. See attached: http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/giant-basket-star-juvenile/1585#leaf

Message posted on UWphotographers on 19 Jul 2013
Stuart Pearce Tube Anemone (Cerianthus membranaceus)... Altinkum, Turkey 2008.

Michael Sterken I think I have seen a similar species. But what I saw was very dark, and much smaller. The tentacles seemed to have suckers on them like an octopus. They were constantly wiggling. one that I saw was under a rock so I could not get a close pic, and then the crazy DM in St. Lucia actually picked one up to show, but I could not get near him to photograph. it seemed to be one organism. Do you know the species?

Michael Sterken this is a photo my dive buddy shot - SeaLife camera

Stuart Pearce Is this it? http://stevenwsmeltzer.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Coral-Reefs/G00007HdqcXifCa4/I0000IPqTBNf2Kl8

Michael Sterken no. the "branches" were smooth except for the suckers, and wiggled around very freely. not rigid at all. to me, it looked more like an animal rather than coral. I actually would have been afraid to touch it for fear of a sting.

Stuart Pearce Will have a better look later Michael, need to go out now :)

Ron Silver Giant Basket Star, Astrophyton muricatum (juvenile)

Stuart Pearce Thanks Ron, here is an image http://simonsen.photoshelter.com/image/I00002fHcZmdIHdA

Michael Sterken That's it! I could not find it, but I was looking at the anemone family. Thanks! (kind of a funny side-note: I was at a local aquarium where they let the kids touch various creatures. My daughter called the starfish a starfish, but they vehemently corrected her - they said "that is not a fish, so we have renamed it "Sea Star". I told them they would have about as much luck as the USA did trying to convert to the metric system.) thanks Ron Silver & Stuart Pearce.

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 18 Nov 2013
Claude Joassin Olympus µ8000 f/5 1/30 s ISO 125 06/09/2013 Spain Estartit

Ron Silver Basket Star

Claude Joassin Yes it is -"Astropartus mediterraneus"-Gorgonocéphale-Gorgonocefalo

Ron Silver Thanx. I'm in Florida (USA) and the local species here is Astrophyton muricatum. See attached: http://claycoleman.tripod.com/id221.htm

Message posted on UWphotographers on 23 Sep 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Echinodermata (Phylum)
    Asterozoa (Subphylum)
      Ophiuroidea (Class)
        Euryalida (Order)
          Gorgonocephalidae (Family)
            Astrophyton (Genus)
              Astrophyton muricatum (Species)
Associated Species