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Posted: 5/22/2005 10:30:47 AM EDT
I'm trying to identify the species of two small corals in my tank.

This came in a piece of Haitian live rock. It's only slightly larger than a penny. It's a greenish-yellow encrusting mat that's grown minimally outward, but shown a great improvement in polyp extension.


These polyps were also imported on a piece of rock and have grown from almost nothingness to averaging a 1/4" in diameter. I'm thinking Palythoa, but would like to be sure.




I'll either get my ID, or we can throw out the "hive-mind" junk.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 10:45:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/22/2005 10:45:18 AM EDT by Tras]


Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:02:42 AM EDT


Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:04:01 AM EDT
Go over to Saltwaterfish.com and someone there will know
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:04:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tras:


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Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:08:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Duffy:
Go over to Saltwaterfish.com and someone there will know



I had believed that Arfcom could answer any and all questions. I'm giving it a shot.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:13:04 AM EDT
Take the easy way out huh?

No way, the hive demands that you figure this out for yourself using this Coral ID Guide

Report back with your findings.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:16:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tras:

Originally Posted By Duffy:
Go over to Saltwaterfish.com and someone there will know



I had believed that Arfcom could answer any and all questions. I'm giving it a shot.




But YOU are the part of the hive that we expect to answer Coral ID questions!
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:19:27 AM EDT


I think the top is a Poritid of some sort. Narrowing it down is a bitch as these are basically babies.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 11:43:25 AM EDT
One last bump




Link Posted: 5/22/2005 1:19:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 1:21:36 PM EDT
Lawn Mower Blenny... one of my favorites !!!
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 1:24:49 PM EDT
Yeah, he's an interesting character for sure.

A neat fact about Palythoa, if that's what the second one is, is that it contains and exudes the most toxic organic substance there is.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 1:37:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 1:56:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sterling18:
Try www.reefcentral.com



I have.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 7:44:03 AM EDT
The top pic looks like Gonipora. And your description of the polyps extension capabilities support that.
This will grow nicely if you keep your Ca levels up. here's a pic of a larger specimen. I have seen collected varieties of these almost as big as a basket ball.

Gonipora


Bottom pic doesn't look like Palythoa they are colonial and these seem to be independant polyps. Also, the tentacles look too long. They may be small anemones. My guess is a Curley-Cue (Bartholomea annulata), but you'll have to let them grow up a bit to be able to know for sure. was this rock Haitian as well? If so, more possibility that they're baby Curley-cues
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