Coenocyathus sebroecki, a New Species of Azoox Coral from Brazil

Coenocyathus sebroecki is a new species of non-photosynthetic scleractinian coral from Brazil that was surprisingly discovered in reasonably shallow depth. Unlike so many descriptions of new azoox coral before it, we have clear photographs of both the clean coral skeleton…

Scientists Discover ‘Coraltropolis’ In The Cold Waters of British Columbia

Explorer Seamount, British Columbia 900m (3000ft) below the surface, on the side of an underwater volcano, may not be the first place you’d expect to find a dense community of corals. Yet on a recent expedition, scientists were awestruck by…

Tubastrea Sun Corals Fill The Cave Tunnel Beneath Gato Island Philippines

Tubastrea Sun Tunnel, Gato Island Tubastrea is a type of non-photosynthetic coral popular in aquariums for their puffy polyps and love for being feed. The bright orange, yellow, or pink polyps come out at night to feed but can also…

Deep Sea Deltocyathoides Coral is Basically Living Gravel

Today we have access to so many more corals than we could have ever dreamed of, but these still represent only a small cross section of the corals alive in the world today. Not only are we getting only corals…

Top 10 Unknown Azoox Corals

The American reef aquarium hobby is always looking for the latest and greatest new strain of corals to grow and exalt. Strains of very familiar corals like the Homewrecker Acro and Kun Pao Monti may turn some heads and have…

Taking Target Feeding To The Next Level By ‘Walking’ Azoox Corals

For some time now I’ve had a deep curiosity and interest in all the corals that we don’t regularly see in our home aquariums, namely the non-photosynthetic and azooxanthellate corals. Unlike the photosynthetic corals that can get most of their…

Crazy Self-Fragging Azoox LPS Has TWO Life Stages!

The marine aquarium hobby and especially the practice of keeping and growing corals is all but dominated by photosynthetic corals, but corals of the dark have some really cool surprises. Take Truncatoflabellum for example, a deepwater and turbid environment coral that basically…

Care Requirements for Non-photosynthetic (NPS) Corals

Non photosynthetic corals (NPS) are some of the most unique corals you will ever see. They have the most odd shapes, textures, and cryptic behaviors. Their other name, azooxanthelle, suggests that their zooxanthelle is absent. However, studies have found that…

Stunning pink Hemicorallium and more from the Marianas trench

The Okeanos Explorer is currently exploring seamounts in the Northern Marians trench. The Expedition is live-streaming on YouTube, and the Okeanos website, we recommend you tune in! July 5th, Dive: 19 Today’s dive was on the Vogt Guyot. A Guyot is an…

Maine Coral Gardens are filled with Azoox corals and marine life

When we think of the state of Maine in the Northeast United States, we tend to think of lobsters and clam chowder. But as it turns out, there’s a really rich coral reef right off the coast of this northerly…