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kireek

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PostSubject: Caulastrea Species   Caulastrea Species EmptySun Dec 21, 2014 1:19 am

Is there a method of distinguishing the caulastrea species apart.I made the mistake of placing my red and teal variety next to my green colonies.Let's just say the red and teal won.I prefer to group them together for ease of feeding and to save space in my Nano.
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PostSubject: Re: Caulastrea Species   Caulastrea Species EmptyTue Dec 23, 2014 1:13 am

I know the furcata are the most common but there are also a few curvatas out there as well. Echinulata shows up from time to time as well. Curvata tends to have a smaller more dense skeletal structure where the polyps resides and tends to not have as billowy of flesh to the polyp. Furcata tends to have a more fleshy appearace to the polyp with larger more prominent radial skeletal tissue. Lastly I believe it is connata and it has very irregular skeletal growth in the corals heads septa, the thin fan like plates that hold the flesh to the stalks.
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