Mystery Coral

16 Feb, 2019

Can you identify this stony coral? Image by May Fox. Courtesy Jason Fox Signature Corals.

As seen in the March/April 2019 Issue of CORAL Magazine, this coral belongs to a relatively obscure genus of Scleractinians. Can you name it?

Hints: It is an Indo-Pacific genus. It is an encrusting, reefbuilding, brooding coral, producing planula larvae.

It is seen in various color forms, from tan to brown to green to red. Coral propagation researcher Samuel Nietzer, a CORAL contributor working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, is excited about its potential in sexual reproduction of corals in labs and home aquaria. He writes about it in Advanced Aquatics in the current issue of CORAL (Frogfishes cover).

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James Lawrence

James Lawrence is editor & publisher of CORAL Magazines and Microcosm, Ltd., publishers of a number of critically acclaimed and bestselling books in the aquarium field. He is the recipient of national and international awards for journalism, design, and publishing excellence. James Lawrence lives and works in Shelburne, Vermont.


  1. February 16, 2019

    I believe its a John Deere coral… is that right? I have one that is yellow and red, instead of the green coloration shown here.. i hope im right! Thanks!

  2. February 18, 2019

    Technically, yes you are correct…this is a very fluffy John Deer leptastrea

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