Palythoa grandis – Sun Polyps are Our Favorite Zoanthids!

Palythoa grandis, also known as the Sun Polyp (not to be confused with sun coral), is a distinctive species of very large zoanthids which we have cherished for years. These unmistakable zoanthids are the largest species of Palythoa by a…

The Xenomorph Coral Could Only Have Been a Zoanthid

The Xenomorph coral is an amorphous new species of zoanthid that reminds some people of the face-hugging extra terrestrials from popular culture. Many types of corals are pretty alien looking already but this newly described species of zoanthid is really…

Aenigmanthus segoi, a New Genus & Two new Species of Zoanthid

A new paper on the phylogeny and the evolution of zoanthid growing forms has identified a new species of Hydrozoanthus, and a completely new genus and accompanying species called Aenigmanthus segoi. While in the aquarium hobby we are mostly focused with the shallow…

Japan Is Getting In On the Zoanthid Craze

Coral Monster has made a splash for some remarkable (and expensive) corals before – but in what we think is a first for Japan, they’ve got some Hype zoanthid strain which is right up there with the best of them.…

Minimix Of Aquatic Art’s Zoanthid Collection!

You know, for years I always described myself as not a zoanthid nut, I mean I really like them but not in the same granular detail that self described zoanthid collectors might entertain. But something has changed recently as I’ve found…

Saint Patrick’s Snake Polyps Are The Craziest Zoanthids Ever!

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day, we’ve come across a fantastic colony of snake polyps that totally knocked our socks off. These wildly colored orange and green Isaurus snake polyps are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, despite being a…

Red Zoanthid Nudibranch Are Beautiful, But Not In My Reef

Corals can harbor such a wide variety of different pests and parasites, that learning about and controlling all of them is a hobby unto itself. This is especially true of live coral dealers who are at the front lines of…

Sphenopus exilis is a New Species of Zoanthid Unlike Any Other

Sphenopus exilis is a new species of zoanthids that goes against almost everything we thought we knew about this group of reef animals. Not only is Sphenopus solitary, but it is also a free living zoanthid which builds itself up with…

New Zoanthid Species Recruited to Fight Cancer

New species of zoanthids aren’t described all that often, but it turns out that we should be paying more attention to this understudied group of reef animals. One of the four new zoanthid species described from southern Florida, a Palythoa species, has…

‘Clown Face’ zoanthids are part of a whole new breed of Palythoa

Zoanthids are some of the most popular and collectable group of corals for the home aquarium. We’ve never personally been sucked into the zoanthid craze but we’ve always reserved a greater amount of interest and respect for the larger polyped Palythoa…