Zoanthids

Fragging Sun Polyps and Sniping Aiptasia [Video]

When we buy coral frags, we invariably look forward to the day that they reach a mature size and are eventually ready for making more frags but in the case of Palythoa grandis, you may be waiting a very long time.…

Palythoa grandis – Sun Polyps are Our Favorite Zoanthids!

Palythoa grandis, also known as the Sun Polyp (not to be confused with sun coral), is a distinctive species of very large zoanthids which we have cherished for years. These unmistakable zoanthids are the largest species of Palythoa by a…

Texas Man Dies from Apparent Exposure to Palytoxin

Palytoxin from zoanthids is a well known and widely documented potential danger from our reef aquariums that we have tried to keep in focus many times over the years. Toxicologists have ranked palytoxin as one of the most dangerous natural…

Parazoanthus atlanticus is a new species of Yellow Polyp from the Dutch Caribbean

The biodiversity of the Dutch Caribbean has been studied for 250 years, but most records of Zoantharians don’t go much beyond the genus level or are grouped into generic catch-all species despite being common. A group of zoantharian specialists from Japan and the Netherlands has sought to change that by collecting and DNA testing new specimens as well as reexamining huge numbers of historic records and data of species collected and described from the area.

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…

The Xenomorph Coral Could Only Have Been a Zoanthid

The Xenomorph coral is an amorphous new species of zoanthid that reminds some people of the face-hugging extra terrestrials from popular culture. Many types of corals are pretty alien looking already but this newly described species of zoanthid is really…

Japan Is Getting In On the Zoanthid Craze

Coral Monster has made a splash for some remarkable (and expensive) corals before – but in what we think is a first for Japan, they’ve got some Hype zoanthid strain which is right up there with the best of them.…

Palytoxin Nearly Killed my Family and Pets!

A traumatic event happened at my house this week. My family and pets became very sick and in the dogs case, near death. A chain of events lead to my house being filled with aerosolized Palytoxin. This week’s event in…

Three New Species of Cryptic Zoanthids

There’s a whole wide world of zoanthids that the aquarium hobby never sees, quite literally because they live in very cryptic areas, in caves, and otherwise try to blend in. The genus Antipathozoanthus is very unique because nearly species are…

Minimix Of Aquatic Art’s Zoanthid Collection!

You know, for years I always described myself as not a zoanthid nut, I mean I really like them but not in the same granular detail that self described zoanthid collectors might entertain. But something has changed recently as I’ve found…