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    Starfish ID request

    I got this starfish sometime ago. It lost one arm in the QT, it was damaged in a friends tank who didn't have a QT nor wanted to set up one. A rainbow wrasse was responsible for the damage. He is doing fine and I just brought it into my tank. Would like to know it's name. Any help?



    G. Gallegos
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    It looks like it's of the Linkia family....

    Maybe a Linkia Multiflora

    Beautiful!!!
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    This website may help

    http://home.att.net/~ophiuroid/
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    It looks like a linkia family but I've never seen those very cool markings on a linkia before. The body shape is right for a linkia, though. Vey nice!
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    I agree with Reefdog..., very pretty to say the least!!!! And as they already said, it LOOKS like a Linkia shape but never saw nor heard of that coloring before??!!!!!

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    Who you callin' dog, dog?
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    Thanks to all. Now I have a good place to start looking. Will let you all know.
    G. Gallegos
    San Jose, Costa Rica
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    Hello

    It's not a linckia I beleave you will find it's from the Genesis Phataria ( tan sea star). It should feed off your rocks by grazing algea and microorganisms. They can be a little tempature sensitive try and keep your system under 80 degrees F. It may also feed off of some sponges and clams.


    Stan

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    Thanks, Stan. Think you are right!
    After doing some research I have to agree with Stan. It would be a Phataria unifaciallis (Gray), common to the American tropical Pacific, found from southern California to the Galapagos Islands. Has been seen in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico.
    Thanks a lot. We now know a littlebit more about this species.
    G. Gallegos
    San Jose, Costa Rica
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