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FAQs about Pocilloporid Corals Identification

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Re: Unusual Coral Frag Growth 6/23/10
Hi Bob,
Didn't really need an ID, just thought this frag was unusual in it's formation. Generally the base and fingers grow proportionately, at least it's been my experience. Thought I send a pic of the parent coral even though it isn't a very good pic. I've also attached the pic of the frag.
Got to get that 60mm macro.
<The first is a Seriatopora/Poritid... the second/frag... who knows? B>

Re: Unusual Coral Frag Growth 6/23/10
That is what's unusual, the second frag (flat appearing coral) is a frag from the Seriatopora/Poritid.
<We'll see... I took this to be your meaning in both emails. B>

Pocillopora or Stylophora 3/23/09
Please help me identify the sps in the attached picture. It was sold to me as an aquacultured Stylophora, but the more I look at it I think it is a Pocillopora.
<I agree>
Under my 10,000k halides w/actinic VHO it looks like pink tips with greenish tinted polyps. What do you think? Thanks for your help.
<See here: http://wetwebmedia.com/pocilloporidae.htm
and part 2... Bob Fenner>

Re: Pocillopora or Stylophora 3/23/09
Mr. Fenner, Thank you for the reply. It does look like the Pocillopora in the link you sent me.
<Yes... Stylophoras are more branched, look more "furry" in gross appearance>
Have you heard about or experienced problems with Pocillopora reproducing and taking over a tank?
<No I have not... this genus, family is typically very slow growing>
I read this somewhere and am now scared about having my new purchase (pink Pocillopora) in my tank. Thank you.
<Welcome Ryan. BobF>
Coral ID Hi <cheers> I bought a sps yesterday and the seller wasn't sure of the ID, so I thought I will like the pros to verify what I thought. I have attached the photo of the coral. I think it is a Stylophora pistillata. Presently, the coral is sited 15cm of air, 10cm of water away from PC lights. A direct PH current on a rotating output will sweep it direct for a very short time every 1 second cycle. Other times when the PH is not directed at it, the random current are bounced off a glass located about 30cm from the coral. Thanks in advance Edwin Lam <Edwin... although the image does not give a clear visage of the polyp structure, this specimen does indeed look like the Pocilloporid, Stylophora pistillata. It will need strong random turbulent water flow and stable water quality as one would provide for most any Scleractinians. They are believed to mature sexually at a young age (just several years old) and may produce planulae asexually if fed well. A fishless upstream refugium is highly recommended here. Best regards, Anthony>

Trying to ID something... Robert, First I wanted to extend my thanks to your friend who stood in your place while you were on a diving trip a few months ago, and I love his straight forward advice, and he gave good advice on my zebra lion. <hmmm... that would have been Steve, Jason or myself, Anthony. You are quite welcome at any rate> I bought some live rock from Petswarehouse.com, Fiji rock in specific which I ended up recurring, and last week I noticed something that I think is a coral, but am not sure. The pics I have of it are too blurry. What I have looks like either Pocillopora verrucosa or Pocillopora damicornis cropping up, <P damicornis is very common...what a pleasure for you if it is!> but I am not sure. Whatever it is, it is encrusting, it has irregular shaped lobes or polyps, a clear membrane over it, and quite aggressive in spreading. It spreads over live rock where there is little on it as opposed to where coralline has grown over old skeleton. <hmmm... the Pocilloporids would not encrust very far without raising branches. Perhaps another reef invertebrate it is> I have noticed various colonies of this stuff in cream, one in a pinkish brown, and one I am not sure if it is pink coralline or the same thing in pink. The largest of the colonies is about half the size of my palm, and about 1/4 inch thick or better. It has some pores like verrucosa but it also resembles damicornis with the membrane that is over it, so I am not 100% certain. As of thanksgiving or so, this large colony was not there, then all of the sudden, BAM! I thought it was some man eating fungus from area 51 or something; I had never seen anything like it. It does not move, it has no shell, it is not a sponge for sure. It is not porous like a sponge, and the smaller colonies have some sort of structure to it where you can see through the membrane clear enough. The polyp structures or lobe looking things are in no specific pattern, all variant in size, and ranging from a few millimeters to 10-15 mm. How do I know for sure that it is a coral, and if it is, how do I know what the likelihood is of it being a Pocilloporid or not? I also have some other things that look like another variety of a Pocilloporid. <do forward a picture when you can... I suspect I will be able to ID it to your satisfaction. Kindly, Anthony Calfo> Joe Szweda

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