asterina-leftThere’s a new word in town… Aquilonastra. Look to the links tab for a very in-depth research articles on how it came to have a new name. The term Asterina has to be one of the more frequently words used in our hobby, for it belonged to a genus of starfish frequently hitchhiked into our tanks.  Because of this, it’s going to be next to impossible to correct the usage of the term in conversations and write ups. It still belongs to the family Asterinidae, but that’s really not helpful when trying to predict their behavior as it’s just too broad. There are 28 of these small guys if you wanted to do any deeper research into a particular species.

  • Aquilonastra alisonae
  • Aquilonastra anomala
  • Aquilonastra bather
  • Aquilonastra burtoni
  • Aquilonastra byrneae
  • Aquilonastra cassini
  • Aquilonastra cepheus
  • Aquilonastra chantalae
  • Aquilonastra colemani
  • Aquilonastra conandae
  • Aquilonastra corallicola
  • Aquilonastra coronate
  • Aquilonastra doranae
  • Aquilonastra halseyae
  • Aquilonastra iranica
  • Aquilonastra limboonkengi
  • Aquilonastra marshae
  • Aquilonastra minor
  • Aquilonastra moosleitneri
  • Aquilonastra oharai
  • Aquilonastra richmondi
  • Aquilonastra rosea
  • Aquilonastra rowleyi
  • Aquilonastra samyni
  • Aquilonastra scobinata
  • Aquilonastra shirleyae
  • Aquilonastra watersi
  • Aquilonastra yairi

Do they eat zoanthids in the wild? Not that I can see. Do they eat zoanthids in our aquariums? Now that is the right question. Answer? Who knows…. I’m still waiting for the video that shows it. I believe there is a good chance some damage corals under particular situations, but it’s not about what I believe, but about what I can prove and right now I cannot prove they eat corals. They land in my “watch them” category.

Pronunciation Coming Soon!

Tips for Removal Coming Soon!


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