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Hunt for Meridiastra mortenseni - A Cushion Star

I am sure we all know the New Zealand Common Cushion Star (Patiriella regularis) and have walked past them many times without taking too much notice - I know I have! However, there is also another common endemic cushion star that lurks in the same habitat as @clinton pointed out to me in this obs and we do not have it on NW yet.

The M.mortenseni is dark red or blue and looks smooth when wet whereas the common one is not. If you look at all of the common cushion star obs found you will be able to see quite clearly at a glance that they are not smooth.

Habitat
Same as the New Zealand Common Cushion Star (Patiriella regularis).

What to photograph
Both the top and ...more ↓

Posted on March 28, 2017 11:11 AM by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua | 6 comments | Leave a comment
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Here are some rarely seen sea creatures so next time you are at the beach, keep an eye out for them and add them here - they may not be as uncommon as our NW records show.

MUST HAVE RULES
Initially no more than 5 NZ obs OR
No more than 2 locations
No fresh water obs - salt water creatures only

NICE TO HAVE
Tidal zone and Habitat
(ie: in a rock pool, mid ...more ↓

Mini tangatawhenua created this project on March 21, 2017

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