A Mystery Coral That’s Guilty of Espionage

10 Dec, 2021

This coral features prominently in the forthcoming Reef Visions column for the January/February 2022 issue of CORAL Magazine. It’s not too late to subscribe and get this new issue — Image credit: Amanda Meckley/ACI Aquaculture

As usual, we’ll give you some great hints that will help you decode the true identity of this unique SPS coral cultivar.

  • This coral has been slowly making its way through the reefkeeping hobby in the last few years.
  • The delicate branches mean this coral can sometimes wind up “fragging itself”.
  • Its appearance will cause some to get confused, right up to the genus level, because visually similar yet unrelated corals are also present in the marine trade.
  • Its scientific name has changed in the last 10 years.
  • The cultivar name applied to this coral sounds like the next James Bond film, yet also rhymes with the title of a classic Tom Cruise flick…

What’s your guess? Share it in the comments below, and then CLICK for the answer.

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About the author

Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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  1. December 19, 2021

    Red Anacropora

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