Vincent Chalias takes you afield to examine Acropora desalwii, a spiny, tabling Acropora that exhibits some remarkable coloration in certain regions of Indonesia.
Sometimes, our Reef Visions collaborators offer up far more insight than the printed page allows, such as with the coral we showcase here. Learn all about the new UC Masterpiece Valida from Unique Corals aquaculturist Emilio De Anda.
A few smaller test shipments of these aquacultured corals have already arrived in the United States and were distributed from the Biota Aquariums facility in Florida. Currently, Biota’s culture efforts are focused on Acorpora; hobbyists can expect varieties in several classic growth forms described as staghorn, bottlebrush, tabling, and bushy.
A juvenile Crown-of-Thorns Starfish with ultimately fatal damage to the arms and central disk after being repelled by the stinging weaponry of an Acropora coral. Credit: Dione Deaker, University of Sydney.
Coral can fight back against attacking juvenile Crown-of-Thorns starfish—using stinging cells to injure and…