VIDEO: Than Thein Digs Into Coral Names

18 Dec, 2021

After watching Than Thein explain it, you'll understand just how naughty it is to say, "Wow that's a stunning Scoly!"
After watching Than Thein explain it, you’ll understand just how naughty it is to say, “Wow that’s a stunning Scoly!”

Sorry to disappoint if our title leads you to believe that Tidal Garden’s Than Thein was about to trash-talk the practice of giving corals catchy cultivar names and sky-high price tags that may, or may not, be justified!

Instead, Thein’s overview of coral-related taxonomic shuffling is insightful and a pleasure to watch. While a recent Internet meme suggests that “Hell” will be filled with people who capitalize the species name in binomial nomenclature, perhaps all it will take to keep you out of reef-keeper purgatory is an understanding that when you check out someone’s super-hot “Scoly” you’ll know what you’re really looking at!

Watch Than Thein’s Top-7 Misidentified Corals In the Reef Aquarium Hobby

Be sure to check out the Tidal Garden’s YouTube Channel for more great content from Than Thein!

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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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