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At right: a Pavona cactus, the most popular Agariciid aquarium species.

Coral ID     6/7/12
Hi folks.  Found an interesting coral hiding within my clove polyps.  I was
hoping you would take the time to ID it for me.  Thanks in advance.  Happy Reefing!
<Mmm, appears to be a young Agariciid of some sort:
Easier to identify more closely w/ growth.
Bob Fenner>

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.>
Thank you,
<De nada,
Sara M.>

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>
-Peter Urso

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 Hustwayte
<Michelle Lemech

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