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Soft Corals of the Family Alcyoniidae, pt. 1

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By Bob Fenner

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     Most of the commonly offered species require strong water movement, good lighting, frequent water changes, excellent skimming... and occasional vitamin soaked faux plankton feeding to excel.

Genus Alcyonium: Dead Man's Fingers, Hand Corals.

Alcyonium sp. Indo-Pacific Sea Hand. to about six inches. Needs dim light, to be fed planktonic food at night. Looks like a lump by day, with enlargement, extension of elongated, clear polyps by night. Two pix from Fiji at night.

Genus Cladiella: Cauliflower, Tree Leather Coral. Knobby lobes on stalks that are low, hard to make out. Small, uniform polyps can quickly withdraw into the surface.

Cladiella sp. Common, but never abundant where found in the Indo-Pacific. Not as easily kept as the more common Alcyoniids, not easily fragment reproduced. Notable for their knobbiness and capacity to change color quickly when touched. Right; a colony in Fiji. Below: The same "Normal" and "touched" colony off of Queensland, Australia.

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Cladiella sp. Knobby lobes on stalks that are low, hard to make out. Small, uniform polyps can quickly withdraw into the surface.

Cladiella pachyclados, Red Sea close-up by Diana Fenner.

Genus Lobophytum Marenzeller 1886: Finger Leather, Soft Coral. Colonies up to 2 meters across. Usually low, creeping... lumps/folds/ridges, lobes... and vary in color... I may very well confuse this soft coral genus w/ Sinularia, others. Surface covered with TWO dissimilar (dimorphic) polyps that are retractable: Larger (0.5 mm) ones called autozooids and tinier siphonozoids that lack  tentacles (and dot the surface)

Lobophytum spp. Common throughout its range in the Indo-Pacific. Feed via photosynthesis and plankton. Grow in folds or finger-like projections by folding coenenchyme. Sulawesi, Fiji and Philippines images first row below. Second row: an usually large "patch" of colonies on the reef lip (at the top of the slope), and two close-ups in the Red Sea.
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Lobophytum sp. (4...). Lobed Leather Coral. Made of several robust lobes, closely-set. Greenish to yellowish brown in color. Melanesia. N. Sulawesi pic.

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Genus Minabea:

Minabea aldersladei Williams 1992. Finger shaped colonies to two inches in height, orange to yellow in color. Western Pacific. Two types of polyps extend during the night, covering the colony. In Pulau Redang, Malaysia and N. Sulawesi, closed during the day.

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