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FAQs about Stony Coral, Cnidarian Identification 8

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Anemone ID (not) 11/10/08 Hi dear, <<Greetings>> I will not take much of your time. <<Okay>> Can you please confirm the name of my anemone? Its picture is attached. <<I see the picture'¦ And this isn't an Anemone'¦ What you have here is a Euphyllid. This looks like Euphyllia divisa to me (Frogspawn Coral). See here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/caryoeuph2.htm >> Secondly what is the way to find his mouth? <<Mmm, probably not easy to do as any manipulation of the tentacles will cause the animal to retract. But no worries, provide small meaty fare like mysis shrimp, diced clam, Cyclops-Eeze, etc. and the coral will do the rest>> I'll be highly obliged. Regards, Abdul Hadi Dar <<Happy to share. EricR>>

<<Hehe... um, yeah, NOT an anemone!...even better, a nice Euphyllid. -Sara M.>>
Mystery Anthozoans?    8/29/08 Hi Bob, I was wondering if those mystery Anthozoans might be something in the genus Phyllangia? I've had Phyllangia americana in my system for years now (from Gulf of Mexico rock) - with the same distinctive tentacles and general appearance. In this photo, the tentacles are fully extended, but they're not that way all the time. http://wetwebfotos.com/usermedia/high/0/2470_110.jpg Here's another example of Phyllangia (P. mouchezzi??) from a French site. http://dsabatier.free.fr/Planier0702/Phyllangia.jpg What do you think? -Lynn <Hi there Lynn! Thanks for trying here... I don't know, but did think these might be some species of Caryophyllid/Astrangiid... but, have never seen them before this last May at Interzoo... BobF>

Mystery Anthozoans... what are these? <Mmm, Monomyces> Interzoo 08.  8/30/08 Dontcha think? http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&q=Monomyces&btnG=Search+Images http://www.aquariumpros.ca/forums/showthread.php?p=263764 Monomyces sp. (species: pygmaea, rubrum, etc; aka 'cup coral', 'Fire of Glory' coral) Not much is known about this coral....I had the hardest time finding any info...but, from what I've read, it's probably the hardest coral to acquire out of all the species under Flabellidae... found primarily in Japanese waters. Colours: pale white, reddish/oranges, some with reddish markings Defining traits: short tentacles, tentacles lack any colour and are translucent, polyp is of an oval shape (some have an even more elongated oval shape), small sized specimens are what you're more than likely to find in the international coral trade....larger specimens, if collected, are most likely reserved for the (very) hungry Japanese coral market. <Well done Michelle. BobF>

coral ID   8/18/08 Hi Again I am not really sure what I have here. it is brilliant green with small polyps on it. I found it in the discount tank at my LFS. It looked healthy so I brought it home. Also, it is not attached to any sort of base. Do you think I should attach it to something? <Likely unnecessary... will attach itself here if this setting is stable physically. However, there is likely to be trouble twixt the Xeniid and Euphylliid visible in the upper left and this Merulinid in time... I'd be reading on WWM re Cnidarian compatibility> If so should the obvious end where it was broken/cut off be the part glued down? Photo attached. Thanks again Jim <A Hydnophora species... read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/merulinidae.htm and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>

Re: coral ID... Mmm, Merulinid/Scler. ID f'...    8/20/08 Hi again, I have been studying intensely however I find myself stuck again. In addition to any advise could you please recommend some books on beginning with corals. <Mmm, yes... though this is also posted on WWM enough times, places. Anthony Calfo's "Book of Coral Propagation" is a masterpiece (esp. the 2d ed.) of useful/practical input on hobbyist husbandry or cnidarians> I have been unable to find specific information on how and what to feed my corals. The one I am currently concerned with is the Hydnophora Bob helped ID. Also, working with Kalkwasser. I have been lucky with my PH and DKH so far. <... lucky?> We all know luck only goes so far. After reading an article on WWM I believe Kalkwasser is the way for me to go but would like some more information on the specific use. Thanks again Jim <Read on!> P.S. I have made more progress with my aquarium in the last few weeks than in the last 2 years. Thanks largely to information found on WWM. Thank you all. <Welcome! Bob Fenner>

Identification of Coral  7/3/08 Hello Crew, thanks again for everything. I picked up this coral the other day, here are the best two I can take. http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff274/pedanpedan/Tanks%206-29-08/IMG_0714.jpg http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff274/pedanpedan/Tanks%206-29-08/IMG_0713.jpg <Hmm... I could be wrong, but to me it looks like a malnourished Trachyphylliidae.> Someone from Reef Central and my local club helped my identify it as Moseleya latistellata. <Um, no... not the right skeletal structure.> I can't seem to find any information on keeping it. I looked through Borneman's Aquarium Coral and couldn't find it there either. <Try looking under Trachyphylliidae or Trachyphyllia instead.> I would love any information you can help me out with over here. Right now I have it positioned on the bottom of the tank, the coral does seem to be producing small babies along the edge. Beautiful whatever it is though, with greens and purples and blues and pinks. Thanks ahead of time. Really just curious if the ID is correct and how to take care of it. <De nada. Again I suspect it's a Trachyphyllia sp. that has not been fed/cared for properly.> By the way if it has a common name I might have better luck searching with I would love to know that as well. <Trachyphyllia are often called "lobed brain coral" or "open brain coral."> Thanks Crew
Sara M.>

  Me too. RMF.

Coral ID -05/14/08 Crew, I've looked high and low and I can't identify this coral. Any ideas what it might be? http://www.roesmarineworld.com/images/_93x2.jpg <Looks like Galaxea sp (looks in bad shape though). http://www.asira.org/galaxea> Steve Wright
Sara M.>
LPS ID -hitchhiker coral 05/07/08 Hello Dedicated Crew Member, As I know you hear all the time, (from examining all the archives), your site is an excellent resource for any aquarist regardless of level. Thank you! <Thanks> I was hoping for some assistance identifying a live rock hitchhiker. I first noticed this guy about 5-6 months ago when he was around the size of a pencil eraser; it is now approaching the size of a quarter and seems to be doing quite well. My first thought was that he was some sort of jewel anemone because of the presence of an oral disc and "jeweled" looking tentacles. I thought I'd give it a chance to develop into a pest or whatever it was and have kept a close eye on it. It has since changed drastically and looks more like some sort of LPS coral, reminiscent of an open brain. It now has multiple orange mouths and ruffled bright green flesh with the appearance of a stony skeleton beneath. I think there are 5 mouths in total. The tentacles are in a rough ring around each mouth. It happily eats any mysis shrimp that floats by and retracts to consume it. I have attached a picture (clear as I can get at this point) of the critter. I put in a few arrows marking the location of other mouths that aren't as easily discernable as the center mouth. <The pic is a little blurry and so it's a hard to make out the underlying skeleton, but it does look like a member of the Mussidae family.> You can also see a couple stalks of Neomeris annulata growing in the bottom of the picture. These grow regularly then end up breaking off and floating away and growing back on the same rock. Out of curiosity is this the typical life cycle of this alga? <I doubt it's part of the normal life cycle, but it might be some kind of survival mechanism.> The bottom begins to deteriorate and turn whitish and eventually flake away while the top continues to grow in length and remains the vibrant green color. Is this attributed to fluctuating calcium levels? <Possibly... or maybe it's due to a change in lighting, or perhaps even warfare with the coral. It's hard to say for sure, but here's a good source for more info on this algae: http://www.algaebase.org/search/species/detail/?species_id=3736> Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Thanks!
Sam Bernal
Sara M.>
RE: LPS ID (ATTN: SARA M) 5/10/08 Sara, I was able to get a couple of clearer pictures of this guy. What do you think? <I'm sorry, it's just too hard to tell specifically (beyond saying that it's a Mussid)... it will probably be easier to tell once it grows. Do feed and care for it well and it should grow.> In regards to the Neomeris annulata the bottom actually becomes calcified hence the white coloration. Thanks for the link! Thanks!
Sam B
<De nada,
Sara M.>

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