Related FAQs: Xeniids, Pulsing Corals,
Xeniid FAQs 2,
Xeniid FAQs 3,
Xeniid FAQs 4,
Xeniid Systems 2,
Xeniid Health 2,
Xeniid Health 3,
Xeniid Reproduction, Soft Coral
Propagation, Soft Coral
Soft Corals, Order
/The Best Livestock For Your Reef Aquarium:
The Pulsing Soft Corals, Family
Xeniidae, Part 3
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Genus Xenia Lamarck 1816: Small cylindrical colonies (up to 4
cm in all dimensions typically), dome shaped. Sometimes branched, with
polyps only at apical stems. One-shape polyps with varying capacity to
retract, 1-6 pinnules on both sides (number of rows, pinnules
species-specific). Some pulsate, some don't. Forty plus
species, scattered over the Indo-Pacific. Fed on by similar appearing
Nudibranchs of the genus Phyllodesmium.
|Xenia cf. actuosa Verseveldt &
Tursch 1979. Large colonies, tentacles tubular shaped, white with
brown pinnules. A rapidly pulsing species. Western Pacific; New
Guinea, Philippines. N. Sulawesi pix.
|Xenia cf. elongata, Red
|Xenia umbellata Lamarck 1816, Bouquet
Encrusting Coral. Indo-Pacific; including the Red Sea. To about
five inches in overall dimension. Tissues contain zooxanthellae. On
import, do look for parasitic Nudibranchs and copepods
(Paradoridicola glabripes). This colony off of Queensland,
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|Xenia sp. Branches support capitulums that
bear polyps at end. Stalks smooth, white, polyps mottled, brown.
Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea, East Africa to Australia, S. Japan,
Polynesia. N. Sulawesi pic.
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About Pulsing Coral Abundance: They can take over your
|In places, the Pulsing Corals will dominate a given
environmental niche. Here three species, including the blue
Efflatournaria crowd a tridacnid clam off of Queensland,
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