Revised Queensland Coral Exports Approved Until 2024

The Australian government has confirmed that hard coral export from the Great Barrier Reef can continue for another three years, albeit with several caveats. In a statement by the Wildlife Trade Regulation Section, a new approval for the Wildlife Trade…

First Captive Spawning of Homophyllia australis, the Australian ‘Scolie’

For the past ten years my work has been focused on successfully inducing coral spawning events in aquariums, but Homophyllia australis is a species that remained elusive to me despite four years of effort and commitment. The challenge of working…

Japan’s CoralMonster is Flexing a Ton of Great Scolies

CoralMonster is a coral dealer in Japan with a knack for scoring some high profile livestock and today we want to take a minute to appreciate their recent haul of Homophyllia australis. Better known as Scolies or Australian scolymia, this group…

New Rainbow Scolymia Defies the Limits of Color

There have been a large number of Australian Scolies that have been described as ‘Rainbow’ but perhaps none have been more deserving of that description than this one. This Homophyllia australis was recently acquired by ACI Aquaculture from an Australian supplier…

Blue Fireworks Scolymia Starts Blooming in Japan

Between the bleeding apples and warpaint scolies, the UFOs and the masters, there’s a lot of room for variability in the coloration and appearance of Australian scolies, Homophyllia australis. Whether they are solid green, solid red, shades of orange with irregular spotting…

Some Corals Can Be Downright Vicious!

It’s well known that coral compete for space both on the reef and in aquariums, but some species fight with no holds barred. I just returned from Reefapalooza to find all my tanks in great shape, but with one massive,…

Australian Scolie Sells For A Record $6000!!!

A new incredible Australian Scolie has sold for the jaw-dropping price of ¥645,840 which currently exchanges to $5,840! It’s no surprise that some aquarium corals, especially in the U.S., can sell for truly eye popping figures but this time the record…

Homophyllia bowerbanki, a reintroduction to ‘Bankies’ and ‘Hillae’

It’s been nearly a year now since the familiar Australian ‘Scolymia’ and Bowerbankis were removed from Acanthastrea and placed into their own new genus Homophyllia. Unsurprisingly, most reefers still call them ‘Acans’ by convention, but there is a lot that we…

Wild 4-Way Homophyllia coral is four times the Scoly

What you are seeing here is a very peculiar coral, both in color, pattern, and especially the fact that there are four corallites growing closely into a mini colony. This head-scratching and head-turning coral was collected in Australia by Ultra…

Couple of Great Homophyllia australis at World Wide Corals

Homophyllia might have taken over as the name for Scolymia but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost any love for the ‘Australis’ doughnut coral. Hundreds of these corals are exported from Australia every week, and by and large, every single one of…