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White encrusting zoanthid

White encrusting zoanthid

Science name: Palythoa caribaeorum (Duchassaing and Michelotti) Colonies of brownish-white fleshy polyps with short, stout tentacles grow in thick mats along rocky shorelines. In reef flats and tide pools areas they can withstand a few hours of being exposed to air during low tide. Tentacles curl in and retract and polyps secrete mucus to prevent drying out and predation.7, 8 Colonies can be seen on reef flats and in shallow-water reef communities in both Trinidad and Tobago. Care should be taken when wading to avoid stepping on these slippery mats. You may also like [smart_post_show id="19584"] ...

West Indian star snail

West Indian star snail

Science name: Lithopoma tectum (lightfoot) A West Indian star snail with its high conical spire makes a portable home for the Orange-claw hermit crab Calcinus tibicen Herbst. The shell is a vertical spiral with knobs and raised vertical ridges, the operculum is white. Like other snails, they have two sensory antennae and two eyes on short stalks. They are taller than they are wide and can grow up to an inch tall. Often encrusted with other organisms, like Coralline Algae. You may also like [smart_post_show id="19584"] ...