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Plate Corals, Family Fungiidae, Pt. 2

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Beautiful, but touchy

By Bob Fenner

Heliofungia actiniformis  

Genus Halomitra Dana 1846. Thinner walled than genus Sandalolitha, but similar with outward facing corallites. 

Halomitra pileus (Linnaeus 1758). Dome shaped colonies, no axial furrow, corallites get larger toward the edge. Maldives images at right, N. Sulawesi below. Grows to about "helmet size".

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Genus Heliofungia Wells 1966. One species. Flat, free-living, with large lobed teeth. Unusual for its tentacles looking like a giant anemones, being out most all the time day and night (in the wild most Fungiids are closed up during light hours).

Heliofungia actiniformis (Quoy & Gaimard 1833). Vying for single largest polyp amongst corals. Colors of tentacles from off-white to brown, blue, gray... with pink or white tips. Maldives specimen at right and an image of a symbiotic Periclimenes holthuisi. First row below aquarium images. N. Sulawesi pix second row. The last very stressed.

Beware of artificially dyed specimens... Fungiids are not exempt from this nefarious practice. Read here: The Tragedy of Artificially Colored Live Corals by Anthony Calfo & FAQs on: Artificially Dyed Live Corals

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