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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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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


Another to help, as bright orange is rarely seen..heheh


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.

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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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


Another to help, as bright orange is rarely seen..heheh


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.

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!

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?
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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