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#1 FlyingKiwi

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:55 PM

folks,

Got a mixed bag of critters I haven't been able to track down. Any help, even family name, would be appreciated.

(1) I looked through Debelius a couple of times but amazingly I couldn't place this lobster from Belize, I know it must be in there:

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(2) Moray from Phuket, not much to go on unfortunately. If you can name the shrimp then that would be a huge bonus too!

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(3) I always find giant clams hard to pin down to species, this one is from the Perhentian Islands off Malaysia:

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(4) Cuttlefish, Anilao, Philippines:

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(5) Squid, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia:

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(6) Unfortunate four-armed sea star, Phuket:

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(7) crinoid, Phuket:

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If it would help to have any of these in a larger size then let me know and I'll upload it.

TIA,

Richard.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:07 PM

Hi Richard,
I'll help with the easy one. Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus


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Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:10 AM

Moray looks like a (small) giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) with a clear cleaner shrimp (Urocaridella antonbruunii).

Clam may be a giant squamose clam (Tridacna squamosa) but I'm not sure.

Cuttlefish may be broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) but I'm not sure.

I hardly dare try the squid after last time but I would probably put it under Sepioteuthis lessoniana.

The sea star looks like Linckia multifora.

Crinoid may be Comanthina nobilis but I found similar looking yellow crinoids given other names.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 09:59 AM

Hi Richard,
I'll help with the easy one. Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus

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Steve,

Thanks!

I was focused on the color patterns along the tail, which don't appear in the photos in Debelius, but I can see now that the head is a perfect match.

Richard.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:19 AM

Moray looks like a (small) giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) with a clear cleaner shrimp (Urocaridella antonbruunii).

Clam may be a giant squamose clam (Tridacna squamosa) but I'm not sure.

Cuttlefish may be broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) but I'm not sure.

I hardly dare try the squid after last time but I would probably put it under Sepioteuthis lessoniana.

The sea star looks like Linckia multifora.

Crinoid may be Comanthina nobilis but I found similar looking yellow crinoids given other names.


Nick,

Thanks, that's a big help.

The moray seems to have so few distinctive features, I thought it might be unplaceable. I'm particularly glad it's Gymnothorax javanicus, I had just been doing a writeup about that species and now I have a photo to illustrate it!

After going through Poppe Images I had considered Linckia multifora to be the likeliest candidate for the sea star, but there's so much color variability that I was reluctant to go with that.

Can anyone else can confirm the clam and the cuttlefish?

Richard.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:15 PM

The clam is a T Maxima - which look similar to the squamosa but have a very characteristic look.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:01 AM

The clam is a T Maxima - which look similar to the squamosa but have a very characteristic look.

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James,

Thanks!

Richard.