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Unread 04/04/2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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Newly discovered reef inhabitant

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...la_varia_4.jpg [IMG]

I was looking at the corals with a flashlight after dark to check out the polyps when I saw this thing on the overflow. It almost jumped when the light hit it, and it kind of crawled as it turned around and scooted around the side. I thought it was some kind of predator at first, but after researching on the Net I determined it to be a somatella varia. Apparently it's just an algae eater, which is a good thing. It's about an inch and a half long. You can see the antennae and head at the top, and the shell is the top right hand quarter of the pic.


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Unread 04/06/2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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Actually, there are two. Where there are two there will be hundreds more, right?
Forget the link if you have your pop-ups blocked. Just check out my gallery.


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Unread 04/06/2006, 03:26 PM   #3
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I have one or two of those with zebra stripes, black and white, came in the same way.


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