SPS Corals

Caribbean Corals Find Refuge at a Colorado Invertebrate Zoo

Since about 2014 a generically named ’tissue loss disease’ has been killing off Caribbean corals with alarming speed along the reef tract that hugs the east Florida coastline. The disease is so deadly that in an effort to safeguard the…

Mystery Montipora from the Solomon Islands Defies Identification

One of the reasons we all love keeping, growing and collecting corals from tropical places is because they are a mystery, and their identification can be very hard to pin down. It’s precisely because of all this uncertainty that we’ve…

Coral-Bacteria Communities are WAY More Important than Anyone Thought

Reading through different coral scientific publication, we came across one, that could be quite relevant for us reef aquarist. In this publication published in Nature, scientist from the Red Sea Research center, from the King Abdullah University of Science and…

Coral Snorkeling, Murex Bangka Back Reef

Coral Snorkeling Murex Bangka Back Reef When visiting Bangka island, you don’t have to go far to experience world-class coral snorkeling. The coral reef behind Murex Bangka Resort has an impressive diversity of marine life which is easy to spot…

Goldenrod Anacropora keeps this Genus in the Spotlight

Anacropora has always been one of our favorite lesser-known groups of stony corals and Reef Raft Canada is again giving us another reason to love this sister genus to Montis and Acros. The Goldenrod Anacropora is a spanking new strain of…

Acropora spathulata is the iconic Australian Staghorn Coral

Last week, we reported about probably the most popular staghorn coral from Australia, Acropora microclados, a.k.a the Strawberry Shortcake. This time, we will tell you about another iconic Australian staghorn coral, Acropora spathulata. A problematic species? First of all, having…

Is this the ‘True’ Montipora capricornis?

For so many years, we thought we saw Montipora capricornis everywhere. So many people were use that name for just any about any cup-shaped or plating Monti including M. foliosa, M. florida or M. aequituberculata was labelled a ‘Monti Cap’.…

Learn to Spot Encrusting Coral

Encrusting Coral Growth Form Corals grow in different growth forms to survive in different habitats, and the coral growth form which a most easily overlooked are the encrusting species. These corals creep along the rocks like a crust holding everything…

Huge Colony of Kung Pao Monti Spotted on Wild Reef

Modern communications and social media tools have brought the aquarium world closer together than ever before, but there’s still a big gap between Wild Corals and Aquarium Corals. Most reef aquarists only get to see small pieces of coral, either…

Montipora Identification 1.1: A Guide to the Plating and Laminar Species

Montipora is a beautiful diverse and popular group of aquarium corals with a wide range of colors and forms. With so many species described, it can be quite hard to know where to start when trying to identify a Montipora.…