Pavona maldivensis Discovered with Both Orange and Green Color

Pavona maldivensis is one of the most distinctive stony corals in the world with a gnarly growth form and mound shaped corallites that reefers once believed to be a bizarre species of Cyphastrea. Unlike other more encrusting and ruffled species…

Pavona varians: The Underrated King of Plasticity

I’m often asked, what is my favorite coral, and I have to admit, most of the time, an Acro crosses my mind. But yesterday, I came across one more time, of a coral, Pavona varians that I’ve seen quite many…

Pavona duerdeni is your Weird Coral of the Week

Pavona duerdeni is one of those weirdo corals you can only find while scuba diving. The extra large size and drab gray color aren’t ideal for growing in aquariums, but on the reef, these tombstone shaped colonies draw you in like a…

Giant colony of Pavona is thought to be 700 years old!

Pavona is a popular aquarium coral but one species, Pavona clavus, has been growing some truly awesome colonies both in their size and their age. A particularly huge colony documented in 2014 from the Great Barrier Reef is 19 meters…

Giant Pavona clavus in Japan is over three stories tall!

Pavona clavus is a stout species of┬áPavona that is known to develop into huge colonies in the wild, but divers in Japan have documented the mother of all colonies, and perhaps one of the largest colonies of stony coral ever…

Pavona cactus deserves a whole lot more presence in our reef tanks

When diving wild reefs, as we did last week in Kwajalein Atoll, corals like Pavona cactus remind us of the wild disparity between the abundance of corals in nature and their relative presence in aquariums. Pavona cactus is one of…

Dactylotrochus cervicornis is a new species of solitary and deepwater coral

This year a very peculiar solitary stony coral called Dactylotrochus was described from small colonies collected from the deep sea. What makes Dactylotrochus cervicornis special is that unlike the large meaty solitary deep sea corals which we are familiar with…

Pavona frondifera is a drop dead gorgeous Mini potato chip coral

Pavona frondifera is a mini version of the considerably more common Pavona cactus, popularly named the Potato Chip coral. We’ve been growing a few pieces of the Mini Potato Chip we got from Julian Sprung about a year ago but…

Gardinoseris Lives! (on the Coral Hub website)

Gardinoseris planulata is a coral species which we have admired for over a decade from the scant images that were then available to view in the Coral of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Like many of our favorite corals species from…