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Soft Corals of the Family Alcyoniidae, pt. 2

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By Bob Fenner

  Sarcophyton

Genus Minabea:

Minabea aldersladei Williams 1992. Finger shaped colonies to two inches in height, orange to yellow in color. Western Pacific. Two types of polyps extend during the night, covering the colony. In Pulau Redang, Malaysia and N. Sulawesi, closed during the day.

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Genus Rhytisma Alderslade 2000: Thin encrusting mats that are often ribbon-like, of 2/4 mm depth. Have large gastric cavities that appear to burst right out of the basal mat membrane. Reproduction is mainly asexual, through fragmentation.

Rhytisma fulvum (Forsskal 1775), Sulfur Coral, Yellow Encrusting Leather Coral. Below: a colony and close-up in the Andaman Sea off of Thailand in the Similans that is about six inches across, and a typical creeping colony in the Red Sea. 
Rhytisma fulvum. Red Sea, open and closed colonies.

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Genus Sarcophyton: Mushroom, Leather, Cup Leather Coral

Shedding... An important aspect of Sarcophyton captive husbandry is their periodic sloughing of skin/mucus, sand et al... this is one shedding in the wild off of Queensland, Australia. Do vacuum, remove this material. 

Sarcophyton crassocaule Cebu, Philippines and Fiji.

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Sarcophyton ehrenbergii Marenzeller 1885. Common in the Indo-Pacific and aquariums. Laterally compressed colonies with deep disks. Feeds by way of photosynthesis and plankton. AQ pic.

Sarcophyton glaucum (Quoy & Gaimard 1833),  Red Sea, Indo-Pacific. Hardy, easily reproduced asexually. To one foot in diameter. Feeds on plankton or similar material. A small and tiny one fully open in Pulau Redang, Malaysia.

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