If you needed any indication that mushroom anemones still have a lot to offer reef aquarists in terms of amazing color and pattern, you need look no further than Cherry Coral’s exciting Skullcandy Discosoma shrooms. At first glance the Skullcandy shrooms looks like a wicked morph of the Caribbean Discosoma neglecta, but these are in fact Discosoma mushroom anemones from Indonesia.
Not since Frag Junky’s Maui Wowi have we seen a corallimorph with such an amazing color pattern but while the former is among a large new crop of Rhodactis being imported in amazing colors, the Skullcandy stands out for being a wildly patterned Discosoma – and hopefully a faster grower too. Cherry Corals’ Skullcandy Shroom is essentially a watermelon style Discosoma with a green base color that is marked with thin radial blue lines and more noticeable bright blue dots.
Where the Skullcandy differs is in being endowed with attractive red to orange splashes of color that sometimes darken to black, and the concentric ring of color also serves to highlight the lightly colored mouths of these mushroom anemone polyps. Cherry Corals has already sold out of each of the three $300 polyps they offered of the Skullcandy Shrooms and we presume they’ve saved a few for broodstock as growout to offer up to reefers in the future.
As far as Discosoma strains go the Skullcandy is about as wild and beautiful as it comes but give it six months and we have faith that the diehard Shroom collectors will come up with some new mind-blowing strain. [Cherry Corals]