Mutant Polyp

Discussion in 'Coral Pics' started by Shaun, 4 Jan 2009.

  1. Shaun

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    Was taking some pic's and I noticed something strange on the monti, it had a mutant polyp.

    Is this a common thing to happen?

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    Never noticed that before, could it be the start of a new branch?
     
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    isnt that what makes this a great hobby, bio-diversity...
    when i scuba dive i see amazing things
     
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    That's a Huge Bi@#tch :)
     
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    I will keep an eye on it to see if it is the start of a new branch, but I have never see that before.
     
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    Nothing to worry about... it's just a big polyp. Corals aren't always "perfect"... not all their polyps are going to be exactly the same size. And occasionally they're going to have some that are a lot smaller or a lot bigger than the rest. They even get tumors and "cysts" and other such things. I don't think it's necessarily a new branch forming, but it could be.

    I don't know if there's a good analogy with humans, but well, have you ever seen a person with like, one big fat, long hair coming out of his ear? Not a bunch of hair... just one that sticks out... or a big mole? It's kinda like that. It just happens... who knows why?
     
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    i agree, the joys of nature, bio-diversity and chaos theory
     
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    Interesting. Something i never bothered to really study on my SPS.
     
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