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Contributors » Elijah » Daisy Brittle Star (Ophiopholis aculeata), Knobby Coralline-crust Alga (Lithothamnion graciale)

Daisy Brittle Star (Ophiopholis aculeata), Knobby Coralline-crust Alga (Lithothamnion graciale) discovered by Elijah (#9867)

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Sighting Info

Observed: March 3, 2018 @ 4:20 PM
Posted on: March 5, 2018 @ 1:24 AM (diff: 1 days)
Several rhodoliths (subspherical growths of coralline algae) were washed up, bleached from exposure. Upon splitting one rhodolith, I found that a brittle star had apparently moved into the growth when it could fit inside, only to be entombed when the algal growth washed up. A few tiny and unidentified clams suffered the same entombment.

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By Tclenche on 3/6/2018 2:37:35 PM

great sighting. This is Common in Coralline Algae.

By Elijah on 3/6/2018 10:31:54 PM

Is this species found in Random Island? I've only seen the flat variety there on rocks. 

By Tclenche on 3/7/2018 6:32:57 PM

there are several species of brittle stars. I am not sure which ones are found where. I have seen these general types many times in the large amounts of Coralline Algae found in this area.

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