Invasive Sansibia & Clavularia Discovered Growing off Brazil Coast

Sansibia and Clavularia are two genera of soft octocorals that are well known in the aquarium hobby, one for being a pest and the other for sometimes being a colorful aquarium coral. Reef aquarists are well aware of how fast…

Octocorals Photographed In The Wild – North Sulawesi

Octocorals are some of my favorite corals to photograph in the wild. Big fluffy octocoral colonies are especially plentiful around the islands of North Sulawesi, and it seems I have a bumper crop of wild octocoral photos living in my…

Bunga, Laeta and Phenganax: Lots of Micro Octocorals Finally get Named

Bunga, Laeta & Phenganax are the new taxonomic homes for a wide variety of small, nondescript octocorals that often hitchhike into our aquariums on coral bases and live rocks. Phenganax is an existing genus which just inducted two new species…

Hanabira yukibana, a New Species of Encrusting Polyps

Octocorals are a very diverse group of reef animals which include many different families, including the tiny and encrusting Stoloniferans that are very easy to overlook. Today a new genus and species of Stoloniferans gets recognized with the official description…

New Micro Polyp Species Described from Japan and Palau

Micro polyps are a broad group of tiny encrusting octocorals that can be so small that they are easily overlooked, both on the reef and in the aquarium. The only one we see with any regularity is ‘blue Anthelia’ a…

Three New Species of Rarely Seen Adelogorgia Gorgonians

Most of the new coral species that are described these days are discovered living in deep water habitats, usually where only ROVs can go. The genus Adelogorgia from the Eastern Pacific Ocean is one of those groups of Octocorals which…

Nanipora ‘Living Fossil’ Coral Discovered Thriving in South China Sea

Nanipora is a very bizarre and unusual type of ‘fossil coral’ that you might have growing in your tank without even knowing it. First described just a couple short years ago, Nanipora is very unique in being able to grow a calcified skeleton, something only Tubipora pipe organ and Heliopora blue…

Star Spike Coral Is An Incredibly Neat Nano Soft Coral

There’s a whole world of soft corals that the reef aquarium world knows nothing about, both photosynthetic and azooxanthellate. Asterospicularia is one of those softies that is primed for being grown in reef tanks, and which we affectionately call ‘Star Spike’ as…

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…

Nanipora kamurai, a skeleton-building Octocoral that could already be in your tank

Nanipora kamurai is a new species of Octocoral which may be small and nondescript, but it falls in a very special place on the soft coral tree of life. We are all taught that soft corals are by definition soft, and we…