Mystery Reef Animal (Yule Edition)
18 Dec, 2020
Excerpt from Reef Visions
Edited by Matt Pedersen
January/February 2021 CORAL
RED & GOLD CYCLOSERIS
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Geographic Origin: North Bali, Indonesia
Light Level: Moderate
Flow Level: Low to Moderate
Care Level: Intermediate
Notes: This striking coral was discovered by photographer Vincent
Chalias while diving in North Bali at a depth of 82 feet (25 m). “Note the acrospheres on the tentacles, typical of Cycloserine corals,” says Chalias. Corals like these will be much harder to obtain, as Bali Aquarium made the decision to not renew their wild-export license in 2020. Instead, they are focused solely on the production of maricultured corals.
With ever-diminishing availability of wild corals, small plate corals like this may be prime candidates for coral-breeding projects.
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