OK so first of all, Australia Day was Monday but since we never got around to featuring an Australian coral, it’s better to post late than never. When the Aussie lords first started coming in it was inconceivable that any coral could challenge this Lord’s dominance for brilliance and fascination. Predominantly from Eastern Australia, Symphyllia wilsoni has been sporadically found and collected in Wesern Australia where legal coral collection has been permitted. The specimen in the wallpaper image above is one of only two orange Wilsonis we have ever seen (or heard of) and funny enough, the coral above is tankmates with the other orange Wilsoni. Because of the meandering corallites and the lack of a “dotted line” that screams “Frag Here”, the propagation of this species has been hit or miss and it is not ever likely to take off the way Acanthastrea lordhowensis has. Besides, the show colonies of S. wilsoni have been few and far between and I wouldn’t exactly be too GungHo to hack up one of these beauties. Enjoy the wallpaper image and remember where you saw it first!
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.