We just received a crop of photos from Monsoon Aquatics of some button ‘Scolies’ they recently collected and boy are they spectacular! Although probably undescribed, the hobby has been enjoying these button scolies for a few years now and Northwest Australia is the only place they are known from so far.
The button scolies appear in a range of colors, notably red, green or orange but this is by far the best lot of them we’ve yet seen. Better yet we’ve got a full status report on where these corals came from and their habitat so big thanks to Cameron Bee for sorting out these details before his next trip:
“These scoly are found in the Arafura sea on rocky reefs amongst the crocodiles hence the name we have given them “Crocodile Island” scoly. We have found the odd one here and there but usually just a bit of red similar to WA mini scoly so was a great find to get these especially the lush ones with orange. They were found in an area with huge tidal surge and apparently really puffed up almost 10cm some of them in strong current.”
It’s hard to imagine these ‘Croc Scolies’ living in such a high energy environment or expanding up to four inches across, but we thank the brave men of Monsoon Aquatics for running the gauntlet of Saltwater Crocs to get these!