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Cabbage Leather Corals

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Cougra

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I'm looking for a genus ID (species too if possible but that could be asking too much) for my Cabbage Leather Coral. I've found reference to them being called Sinularia Dura and Lobophytum crassum on the net and in a couple books. Is there a difference between the corals or is it unclear to which genus they belong?


Here is the only photo I have of my Cabbage coral. I know it's not fully open here, sorry for that. It has polyps all along the edges of the coral and when it's open has a much lighter colour and you can see short light colour lines that I'm assuming are sclerites which are about 2 to 4 mm long.
 

dnjan

alveopora
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Seattle
My cabbage leather is one of the Lobophytums, but I don't remember the specific species. There is a big difference between lobophytum and sinularia, however. Lobophytum is very tolerant, and not very aggressive (it doesn't seem to be harming the LPS I have near it im my tank). It does not seem to be bothered by the LPS either (though the candycane frequently has sweepers out on that side).
 

RockyHeap

Evil Genius
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Sultan, Wa
REALLY Good corals, nice and sorta different.........I've got a large mother colony if anyone needs some frags of this tolerent and hardy coral.......
 

Angelscrx

Import Fish
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Ettrick, VA
I like them I have a one medium sized one and some small babies on a rock. I will probably give some to new reefer in my area as soon as her tank matures.
 

Anthony Calfo

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Pennsylvania
do look to Fabricius and Alderslade's "Soft Corals and Sea Fans" (2001) as an authoritative reference to ID your Octocorals. It is a fabulous book that I sincerely believe most any serious reef keeper has to have in their library. I can assure you that so-called experts like myself ;) refer to such references regularly for ID and information.

A wonderful place for such uncommon and outstanding reference material is http://www.seachallengers.com/

A great site for natural history and reef topic books. Great specialist material too for aquarists looking to set up biotope displays.

They are one of the few places too to carry the new encyclopedic reference on macroalgae by the Littlers.

kindly,

Anthony
 

gobie

dave the gobie
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Auburn
I Have 2 Diffrent Types 1 Ive Had Foever . And The Other Came In On Live Rock I Got This Summer . Little Diffences Between The Two.
 
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