bhanson

Experienced Reefer
A buddy of mine picked this up from a LFS the other day. Any idea what it might be? Thanks
 

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Anonymous

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It does look like retracted green star polyps. Any pictures of it when the polyps are extended?
 

bhanson

Experienced Reefer
Yep, the polyps came out and they are definately GSP's. Thanks, I guess I have never really seen the branching sort.
 

bhanson

Experienced Reefer
The polyps are identical to most other GSP's that I have seen. I dont have much experience with gorgonians, though.
 
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Anonymous

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They are similar species. But a GSP will kinda ooze like that if it doesn't have anything to encrust on or it's trying to reach more light. I just gave away a chunk or I'd show you what the edges looked like when the colony is on sand (which shows a similar growth pattern).
 

camaroracer214

Experienced Reefer
how purple is the base? is it purple or pink?

if it's purple, then it's gsp. if it's pink, it's an encrusting gorgonian.

gsp:
polypszoo.jpg

grnstar.jpg


encrusting gorgonian:
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bhanson

Experienced Reefer
It does have a pink base. I found pictures of a corky finger gorgonian that looks similar. The polyps extended look so similar to eachother (GSP's and Gorgonian) I had no idea there was such similarity. Thanks!
 

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