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At right: a Pavona cactus, the most popular
Agariciid aquarium species.
coral ID 08/14/09
I was browsing a local fish forum and found someone selling some
corals and macroalgae. Would you be able to help me identify the
coral in this photo?
<Hmm, looks like Pavona sp. to me.
The owner indicated that he thought it was called cauliflower
coral, but he misspelled it, so I'm not sure if he really
knows either. I have attached the image as well as embedding it,
as I'm not sure the embedded image worked.
<I got the attachment, thanks.>
Help identifying unusual coral - Psammocora
explanulata? No, Perhaps Pachyseris - 07/18/07 Hello, <Hi
Peter, Mich here.> Any idea what this cool coral might be?
<Possibly an Elephant Skin coral (Pachyseris rugosa).> I
was thinking possibly Psammocora explanulata. <Mmm, don't
think so. Psammocora generally have star like corallites.>
I'm told it's from Australia. <OK. This would fit with
the Pachyseris.> Do you have info on its habitat requirements?
<Pachyseris generally prefer strong light, high water
movement, and relatively high nutrient levels. They are generally
hard to grow in less than ideal conditions and are relatively
uncommon in the industry though they are not rare in the
wild.> It has some edges that move with the water flow, but
when they are touched, they get rock hard. <Pachyseris have a
thin ciliated tissue. No polyps or tentacles are visible.>
Thank you so much! <Welcome!> I really enjoy reading your
advice. <Glad to read! Mich>
Coral I.D Please: Pavona
explanulata 5/27/07 Hi guys, <Cheerio Ben,
Mich here.> Could you I.D this coral for me please. It has a
thin layer of flesh that hardens up the moment it's touched.
<Hard to tell from just one photo, but it looks like Pavona
explanulata to me. As a genus, these corals are quite hardy and
generally do well in captivity. They can send off sweeper
tentacles so allow plenty of room around this coral, as it may
not play well with others in the sandbox. This coral can also be
fragged and typically does exceeding well, with low mortality
rates. A little more info here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/agariciids2.htm
> Thanks very much. <You are quite welcome!> Ben