Anyone know what these are called?

MrMexReefer

In Memoriam
I got this frag from DLC about a month ago, and have been looking for similar types in different colors online, but cant find anything. Does anyone know what they are called, and if they are a paly or a zoa?? When they close up, they are X shaped, and instantly retract when pellets hit them... they are cool to watch :cool:


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glassbox-design

New member
with a name like psychadelic, they must have a minimum of $300/polyp. there are set rules to rare coral pricing. (Hint- if you slap LE on it you can get another $50)
 

MrMexReefer

In Memoriam
I was just about to ask if that grainy texture of the polyp is a trait of palys when I read this off of the advancedaquarist site:

Palythoa:

Members of this genus all look more or less the same, quite like faviid corals with which they are often confused. As mentioned previously, the coenenchyme is thickened into a cushion in which the polyps are embedded. The coenenchyme also contains sand grains. The color is usually pale yellow or brown, but fluorescent green colonies occur in some regions, and I observed some with fluorescent orange pigment in the Solomon Islands. A small colorful crab, Platypodiella, is associated with this zoanthid and apparently feeds on it, potentially obtaining a benefit from the toxin(s) the zoanthid produces (Delbeek and Sprung, 1997).

Palythoa spp are most common on reef flats or the tops of reefs, where they may form colonies several metres across. They often occur in a zone mixed with fire corals (Millepora spp.). They may also occur on reef slopes, usually as small colonies. Degraded reefs may become overgrown by them, and they are able to out-compete stony corals.

In the aquarium one should be careful not to place Palythoa where it will contact stony corals. Palythoa spp. grow best under strong illumination, and should be offered planktonic foods, such as copepods, Artemia, or Daphnia.



-so it's definately a Paly, judging from the rough, grainy texture of the "coenenchyme". :D Learned a new word today. Thanks for the input Hans.
 

jski711

Moved On
they look very similar to mine

they look very similar to mine

jski711
 
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