Disc Corals

Damaged Heliofungia Tentacles Can Regenerate In Two Weeks Or Less

Heliofungia plate corals have incredible regenerative properties. However, very little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in these processes. In one of the recent Coral Reef Week virtual presentations, Beatriz Diaz-Guijarro from James Cook University shares her research on…

Shallow Reefs We Found On #reefbuilders Instagram

Raise your hand if you like shallow reef tanks because we sure do!! While scrolling through #reefbuilders on Instagram it seems these lagoon-style reefs are becoming increasingly popular for their minimalistic design and aesthetic. What’s really neat about this style…

Coscinaraea (Cycloseris) wellsi: The Unknown Coral from the Deep

Having to dive deeper and deeper to try to find something more interesting, on the way down on rare occasions I have come across a coral, that I never had seen before, in the 35-45 meter (~135 feet) zone. Coscinaraea…

Heliofungia fralinae Corals Start Their Life Sprouting From A Disk

Heliofungia fralinae are colorful disk corals, which can be found in bright pink, purple, red and yellow. We first wrote about this coral back in 2015 when we spotted a wild crop circle of Fungia Heliofungia fralinae in Menjangan Island.  Right about now you…

Can’t Say I’ve Ever Seen A Cyclo Like This One!

I like to think I’ve seen my fair share of disc and fungiid corals, I was alone in my appreciation of Lithophyllon in the early 2000s and I’ve got Sandalolitha frags out in the wild that are going on 14 years old.…

Hotspot Of Bicolored Plate Corals Has A Very Cool Explanation

Humans have a special affinity for living things that are bicolored, and we especially love it when we see striking two-tone coloration in corals. For some of these specimens, genetics are at work, and for others we collectively believe that…

Coral Bleaching: This sad video shows the violent process

We know what the after effect of coral bleaching looks like, but now we are able to know what actually happens during this process thanks to this time-lapse video of coral dumping its zooxanthellae as a reaction to the stress…

Top 10 Bicolored corals and invertebrates

Invertebrates and corals in particular, are fascinating to us higher primates (humans) particularly because they seem so alien from us. Everything about them from the way they live, the way they¬†develop, and even the way they die (or partially die)…

Chimera Heliofungia, a fusion of two long tentacle plate corals

It’s quite rare that we see a long tentacle plate coral which is noteworthy enough to turn heads, but we have a special treat for you today. This incredible¬†Heliofungia actiniformis comes to us from Bali Aquarium who spotted this specimen…

Fluorescent Friday: Cycloseris edition

Disc corals are some of the most recognizable corals on the reef, and some of the most popular coral animals for the home aquarium. Disc corals in all their various forms are easy to keep, come in a bewildering array…