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Orange Acantastrea echinatas is a Sight to Remember

The TRUE Acans, Acanthastrea echinata, used to be the norm few years back. They were abundantly shipped from Indonesia in a huge range of colors but are now very rarely found from Australia, especially in a nice gold or orange coloration.…

Cuteness Overload while Touring Bali Aquarich

Since I live in Bali, only three hours drive from the best ornamental marine fish breeder in the world, I get to visit him on a regular basis. Mr. Wen-Ping Su has been breaking the news of all aquarium related…

This is what a True Rainbow Symphyllia Looks Like

Australians have been calling their rainbow lobos Symphyllia for a while, and we already addressed that. But while diving in Indonesia we came across a real rainbow Symphyllia, we thought we will share it with you. First of all there…

Indophyllia macassarensis, The Rarest of the Donut Corals

Today while diving in the South east of Bali, we got lucky to be welcome by ‘extremely’ cold temperature waters (21C, 69F). Because this is unusually cold water for Bali, it is actually a sign of upwelling of cold, clear…

Phymastrea colemani, A New Indo-Pacific Coral Genus, That You May Already Have In Your Tank!

Phymastrea a New Genus? Following some massive changes in coral nomenclature, after some research activity carried out by members of the international ‘Scleractinian Systematics working Group’. This group is using new morphologic and molecular genetics analyses and have ended up…

Stylocoeniella Is A Great Reef Aquarium Coral!

Stylocoeniella is an underrated family of amazing aquarium corals, which, often end up in the aquarium world as a hitchhiker along other corals or live rock. This genus is part of an even more discreet, unheard of family: Astrocoeniidae that…

Hoeksemai Acro is the King of Blue Staghorn Corals!

Acropora hoeksemai is a gorgeous blue staghorn Acro which been a classic Indonesian coral, produced in the thousands through mariculture. So you would think that this coral is probably available all over the world right now, through frag sellers, but its…

Alveopora are NOT a Flowerpot Coral After All!

Following our series of articles on changes in coral classification after a massive genetic analysis, there is one more coral that got moved in quite a surprising way – Alveopora. Alveopora used to be the flowerpot coral with 12 fat tentacle,…

Bernardpora, the Flowerpot Coral caught between Goniopora and Porites

This awful scientific name probably doesn’t ring a bell to you but Bernardpora stutchburyi is actually a very common coral. It’s cultured all over the world, and misidentified under so many other names. The most used common name is short polyped flowerpot…

Have you ever seen a Fimbriaphyllia ‘Frammer’ Coral?

What exactly is a Frammer coral? It’s a Fimbriaphyllia with a tentacles mix of Hammer and Frogspawn tips. Recently the Euphyllia group has been revised and the only Euphyllia is the Torch, Euphyllia glabrescens, and all other former members have…