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Halomitra pileus (Linnaeus 1758). Dome shaped colonies, no axial furrow, corallites get larger toward the edge. Grows to about "helmet size". Fiji 2011

Linckia laevigata (Linnaeus 1758), Linckia, Linckia... Seastar. Blue one in Fiji. Also found in other colors, brown, tans, violet to burgundy, even mottled... And there are other species of the genus offered to the trade. This animal is very (95+ % IME) often doomed from the retailer to aquarists... having suffered too much damage and neglect in the process of collection, holding, shipping... Fiji 2011
Linckia laevigata (Linnaeus 1758), Linckia, Linckia... In the wild this is an algae, bacteria, detritus feeder... that needs space (hundreds of gallons) and mulm (muck, dirt, call it what you will, on the bottom of its system to survive. My advice, look to other genera, species of seastars. Fiji 2011
chinopora lamellosa (Esper 1791). /COTW:

Characters: Colonies are thin laminae arranged in whorls or tiers or, rarely, forming tubes. Stands over 5 metres across are not unusual. Corallites are relatively thin walled and small (2.5-4 mm diameter). Columellae are small and compact, and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Amber, pale to dark brown or greenish, often with darker brown or green calices.

Similar Species: Echinopora ashmorensis, E. pacificus and E. gemmacea.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in shallow water habitats with flat substrates.

Abundance: Common.
Taxonomic Note: 
A species complex.
Wakatobi, S. Sulawesi,

 Fiji 2011
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