Coral

Astreopora montiporina is a new species from West Papua that plates like a Montipora

The coral above is not a Montipora but a new species called Astreopora montiporina which is named after the common plating coral. Like A. cenderawasih and A. acroporina the new Astreopora montiporina was also discovered in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua Indonesia and it…

Astreopora cenderawasih is a new species of branching Acroporid from West Papua

We’ve seen some Astreopora species exhibit light tubular growth forms in aquariums but it’s nothing compared to Astreopora cenderawasih, a new species described from Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua, Indonesia. Astreopora cenderawasih described by Wallace et. al. exhibits an explicit…

Orange beaded Discosoma mushroom anemone is much nicer than a Ricordea impersonator

The awesome ornage-beaded Discosoma mushroom anemone we spotted at Route 66 Marine this weekend is in the same league as that awesome rainbow Discosoma from Vietnam. However, this super sweet orange-beaded Discosoma was imported from Australia, on the base of…

Branching Favites complanata from Darwin Australia is more colorful than Australogyra

Like the unusual Darwin Micromussa before it, some newly imported colonies of branching Favites complanata from Darwin is also sporting a very unique appearance. Favites complanata is actually very common in the trade, often appearing brown with more moderately deep…

Colin Foord presents urban Acropora at TEDxMiami

[youtube width=”680″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X3uCnEN7lE&t=12s[/youtube] We wrote in August about Coral Morphologic’s Colin Foord speaking at the prestigious TEDxMiami and we are happy to share with you his informative presentation is now available online. Foord’s unique presentation dives into finding thriving coral…

Anacropora puertogalerae shows up at Happy Coral

Its been a great year so far for ‘deepwater acro’ lovers, AquaSD scored a super sweet and rare Acropora derawanensis just last August and we spotted an Acropora elegans in Route 66 Marine’s tank last month at MACNA. This time…

Welcome to Ecoreef Zero, population 1

Forget everything you know about reef tanks – this is a coral tank. What you see is the very limit of what a coral needs to survive and thrive, neatly packaged into a setup we call Ecoreef Zero. This nano…

Staghorn Coral Tree Nursery by Coral Restoration Foundation takes a page from aquarium culture techniques

The Coral Tree Nursery is an innovative new technique for growing corals at sea which takes some inspiration from techniques for culturing corals that were pioneered in home aquariums. Now the whole Coral-Tree part is totally of Coral Restoration Foundation’s…

In your face with Macna’s best Scolymia

  There were so many awesome Scolymia at MACNA this year, as a frequent participant in small and large aquarium shows all over the country we can say with confidence that this one of the best spreads of Scolies that…

Behold the ‘Fly Amanita’ Chalice coral

The Fly Amanita chalice is probably the illest coral we saw at MACNA 2011, and that’s why we brought it home. This gorgeous piece of Echinophyllia was acquired from A Reef Creation for a very reasonable sum, and although we’re…