Named Coral ID Thread

reidcrandall

New member
I hope I'm not the only one interested, but I think a listing of named corals with pictures and scientific names might be handy. Post em if you got em!
 

Frick

AZ FRAG President
What justifies as a "Named Coral"?

My personal opinion on the subject would be that only corals that have lineage keep the name and pass it on. Making it unique to other s of it's species. Using a name from a coral that already has lineage in order to name an unknown coral is falsifying the identification. Making an impostor. Which can be confusing later on when it turns out it was not that named coral in the first place.

When there are so many different species in each genus of stony coral, it seems sloppy to use names instead of species unless the name refers to a certain strain from a certain original colony.

Just my 2cents.

We'll see how this goes.
 

reidcrandall

New member
What justifies as a "Named Coral"?

My personal opinion on the subject would be that only corals that have lineage keep the name and pass it on. Making it unique to other s of it's species. Using a name from a coral that already has lineage in order to name an unknown coral is falsifying the identification. Making an impostor. Which can be confusing later on when it turns out it was not that named coral in the first place.

When there are so many different species in each genus of stony coral, it seems sloppy to use names instead of species unless the name refers to a certain strain from a certain original colony.

Just my 2cents.

We'll see how this goes.

I know there are plenty of opinions on the subject and how much certain things are worth. This will probably be a disaster on a tang-policean scale, but whatever.

I would tend to agree with you that a named coral should be traced back to an original source, but in reality, if it's the same appearance, that can be difficult to prove, simply because many people are not really dedicated to keeping such records. Calling them impostors, at that point, is about as meaningless as naming them in the first place, as, like you said, they all belong under their specific species name to begin with.

That being said, I don't think a lot of people know what species to call these corals that are widely traded online and withing our own local communities. This includes me.

I think it would be good to be able to refer to them by species name, regardless of whatever the common name they are given. I thought making a thread with pictures as a cross reference might make it easier to refer to commonly traded corals by, and promote the use of, the correct species name.
 

Frick

AZ FRAG President
The one I see that gets mistaken almost every time is the GARF Bonsai. Purple with green polyps is probably the most common color morph with Acropora. With dozens of different species being able to display it. If you see a GARF Bonsai thread and look close you will see several different corals. Most of them never coming from GARF's original.

What bugs me is why can't they just settle for "Purple Acropora with green polyps" for a name?

I think within this thread it would be good to help others know what is in a name. Not just similar color.
 

reidcrandall

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Appleberry Palawanensis - Montipora palawanensis
montipora-appleberry.jpg


I just got this frag for $30.00. It is one of my favorite corals. Is it from the original ATL colony? Probably not. I have seen Appleberry Montis professing to be from that colony for upwards of $80.

To me, it doesn't matter where it came from. I've got a nice looking frag of a nice strain that I got for a reasonable price (IMO). Would I have paid more for this coral? Probably. Do I care if it is from the original ATL colony? Not really. Would I have paid the ATL price to have the coral if I had to? Probably. Why? Because I freaking love this coral.
 

reidcrandall

New member
The one I see that gets mistaken almost every time is the GARF Bonsai. Purple with green polyps is probably the most common color morph with Acropora. With dozens of different species being able to display it. If you see a GARF Bonsai thread and look close you will see several different corals. Most of them never coming from GARF's original.

What bugs me is why can't they just settle for "Purple Acropora with green polyps" for a name?

I think within this thread it would be good to help others know what is in a name. Not just similar color.

This is true. And I think, in relation to my post above, buyer should be aware of these things. If all that matters to a person is the color, get one that isn't GARF for less money. If you want to pay for a GARF frag, just make sure you're getting a GARF frag.
 

Geo_85

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Appleberry Palawanensis - Montipora palawanensis
montipora-appleberry.jpg


I just got this frag for $30.00. It is one of my favorite corals. Is it from the original ATL colony? Probably not. I have seen Appleberry Montis professing to be from that colony for upwards of $80.

To me, it doesn't matter where it came from. I've got a nice looking frag of a nice strain that I got for a reasonable price (IMO). Would I have paid more for this coral? Probably. Do I care if it is from the original ATL colony? Not really. Would I have paid the ATL price to have the coral if I had to? Probably. Why? Because I freaking love this coral.

Pretty cool looking piece!
 
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