Some sort of soft coral

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  1. Raven

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    Hi guys - any ideas what this is - what does it eat, and how to take care off?
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    zoos i would guess
     
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    yip looks like a zoa to me
     
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    Let's not get picky, ok?

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    Dean, sorry man even you've been mislead, just a bit.

    I have had exact species, and still have 1 small fluorescent green piece from a collecting trip to WildCoast in 2004.

    I have only received similar as imports, maybe 3-4 times in 10years?

    It is Palythoa.

    The deeply imbedded polyps within thickened coenenchyme is a dead give away.
    Coenenchyme is the common tissue shared between polyps in the group .

    Overall, Zoanthid, means jack.
    It covers all related, similar, dissimilar organisms.

    Yes, "Zoanthus" , collectively covers the FAMILY which includes the piece pictured.

    Classification of the Zoantharia:
    Class Anthozoa Sub-Class Hexacorallia (Zoantharia)
    Order Zoantharia (=Zoanthidea, Zoanthiniaria)
    Sub-Order Brachycnemina
    Family Neozoanthidae
    Genus: Neozoanthus
    Family Sphenopidae
    Genera: Palythoa, Protopalythoa, Sphenopus
    Family Zoanthidae
    Genera: (Acrozoanthus), Isaurus, Zoanthus
    Sub-Order Macrocnemina
    Family Epizoanthidae
    Genera: Epizoanthus, (Thoracactis)
    Family Parazoanthidae
    Genera: Savalia, Isozoanthus, Parazoanthus
    "Protopalythoa" now relegated to Palythoa, I think - about 1-2y ago.


    But it would be like showing Montipora spp, and saying Scleractinia, or SPS...too broad a grouping.

    Kinda right, but not accurate enough for ID purposes if accurate habits/needs required.

    It too is just an example of Zoanthidae and thereafter it gets rather dim...;)

    Acceptable "HOBBY" alternatives would be "seamat", "colonial anemones" , "false coral" even though alot aren't physically connected as a colony, NOR are they anemones.

    Here's some related pix
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    [​IMG]Another to help, as bright orange is rarely seen..heheh
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    No direct feeding required, a healthy population of well-fed fish is enough source of nourishment. It CAN eat, zooplankton and substances meaty/protein rich particles too.

    Good-medium intensity light, and a decent brisk flow round off its needs.

    [​IMG]Why are a few polyps are damaged? Predator, pest or parasite ?
    INVESTIGATE !!

    The piece is a tad faded/blached as well. Follow-up with above pointers and watch it deepen colour, open a bit more frequently.

    They do NOT remain open as much as related species.
    Growth rate is much slower too.

    Hope that fuels your enthusiasm!

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    Thanks!!
    I've tried to spot the predator - couldn't spot it yet... :(
    I've got two "patches" of this "seamat" - this one in the picture and another piece. This one in the picture opens up, but the other one are still closed - got a slime mukes over it - i think something irretated it...I've changed its location today - hopefully it will do a bit better...
     
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    I've spotted a Nudi - can he the culprit?
     
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    highly likely, does the nudi resemble the coral it is eating? I.e colouration an similar stalk patterns? the many nudi species generaslly look like what they eat.
     
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