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    Posted: July 11 2016 at 8:08pm
Anyone know what this is?
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Does it move around?

I looks to be a fleshy limpet.

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Fleshy limpets, Lucapina species, are commonly found on Caribbean rock, and there are several species of them. The largest are about the size of shield limpets, but many are smaller. They also have a mantle that extends up over the shell, but in this case, the mantle is brightly colored and ranges from yellow to red. These are keyhole limpets, and as such are probably omnivorous, but from the reports I have received, they don't seem to be eating the decorative livestock. Generally, they seem to be grazing on algae. Like the shield limpets, they are largely nocturnal and are generally out of sight and inactive during the day. When the mantle is retracted, they will be seen to have a small shell on their back and its center will be perforated with a hole. As with the shield limpets, they don't appear to reproduce in aquaria and generally only survive a few months.
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I would say that's it thanks for all the info. I does move and is rarely out during the day.
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Originally posted by Reaper Reaper wrote:

I would say that's it thanks for all the info. I does move and is rarely out during the day.


No problem anytime!!

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I haven't seen ones of those before. Thanks for sharing!
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That is an awesome pic and learned something myself thank you Art
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It is so cool to have so many knowledgeable hobbyists here to call upon for help. Thumbs Up

I also learned something I didn't know, that this fleshy Limpet is a Keyhole Limpet. I had always heard that the Keyhole is a coral eater. Ouch
Frankly, I'm concerned that is exactly what it will do in this tank. Why do I think so? Because of the condition of the LR that it was on when the pic was taken. If all or most of the LR in the tank is barren and white like that, this Limpet is surely starving and will turn to eating whatever it can find. If it were me, I'd watch it carefully. I would also add some really mature life covered LR or else move it to a tank with old mature LR where it can find something to eat.

Just trying to help a fellow hobbyist avoid a potential problem and to save a unique animal. Smile

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I've had keyhole limpets in my tank before. Never had an issue with them with LPS or SPS corals but I did have one with a taste for leathers. I can see them being a bigger problem in tanks where there is limited food for them and having them turn to what is available in the system they are in.

They are cool but I would keep my eye on him in that pretty new system, just in case.
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