Unusual ‘Raggedy Toadstool’ Leather from Southern Great Barrier Reef

Toadstool leather corals are a distinctive group of aquarium corals which have a lot of diversity at the generic level, but the species are more challenging to distinguish. Even in the wild a Sarcophyton toadstool may be hard to tell…

We Really Do Miss the Soft Corals from Fiji

Soft Corals are such an important part of wild coral reefs but as with most corals that aren’t radioactive, they are massively underrepresented in the reef aquarium hobby. We’re not talking about zoanthids, or shrooms, start polyps or any of…

Australia Pink Nephthea is a Soft Coral Jewel

Soft corals don’t get the attention they deserve. Maybe because they are considered beginner corals, maybe because they are not as colorful as hard corals but there are some notable exception to that. Let us guide you through one of…

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…

This Super Green Kenya Tree’ from Reefkoi is the Bomb!

Soft corals are one of the most overlooked group of corals in the aquarium hobby, which is a darn shame since there’s so much variety to appreciate. The most recent softy to really perk up our polyps is a super…

Anastromvos, a New Genus of Leather Coral from Northwest Australia

Stony corals get the lion’s share of attention when corals are discussed in general, but you know we’ve got lots of love for the Octocorals and we’re pleased to learn of a brand new genus in this group. Anastromvos is the new generic…

Spot The Difference Between Hard Coral and Soft Coral

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Corals It may seem simple enough, one is soft and one is hard, but can you really spot the different between these two distinct groups of coral? The biggest difference, as the name implies,…

These Are Not the Cespitularia You’re Looking For

The soft corals of Xeniidae is a family containing many aquarium favorites such as Xenia, Anthelia, Cespitularia, and today we can add two more genera, Conglomeratusclera and Caementabunda. Those two genus names are a handful for even for experienced latin practicers and…

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…

This Huge Soft Coral Reef Tank in Taiwan is Incredible!

The National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium in Pingtung Taiwan is fulled with lots of great coral reef science, and some incredible saltwater aquariums. One of these has to rank among one of the most impressive soft coral displays…