Oxypora is a genus of the popular chalice corals which doesn’t get the proper recognition it deserves but that’s about to change. Global Reef Supply is at it again with another, singular, post-worthy specimen of a wondrous colony of multicolored Oxypora. To date almost all of the crazy colored chalice corals including Gonzo’s batch have been of the Echinophyllia variety. A few of them were Oxys but they were more muted than the Echinos.
By contrast this freaky chalice coral is as brilliant as any of them, it’s an Oxypora and it may be one of our favorite yet. We’ve got a few variations on the dark to light grey Oxypora with the green eyes but this one is going on deep blue with green eyes, light blue spine highlights and wicked swirls of vivid orange and green and a couple splotches of red – holy moly guacamole!
What is exceptionally exciting about the rainbow Oxypora chalice is that Oxypora lacera usually grows much faster than Echinophyllia, it’s much hardier too which means that this Oxy strain, whatever goofy name ends up on it, is likely to outpace all the limited-edition $500 per molecule Echinophyllia corals out there. For sure, the rainbow Oxypora chalice is a great broodstock colony and we won’t have to wonder too long where it went because its future owner will be sure to let the world know.