Hydnophora genus, or "Horn Corals", are small polyped stony corals from the family Merulinidae. Hydnophora colonies are either encrusting or tree-like in growth. They have hydnophores, or conical mounds, that form a unique skeletal structure between the corallite walls. This gives the coral a beautiful appearance as they often look “fuzzy”. Hydnophora species may be branching with fluorescent green and contrasting polyps, or encrusting with a flat growth structure. Hydnophora corals are aggressive corals and need some distance from other corals to avoid damage from their stings.
This Hydnophora has a lavender purple base with tiny teal blue polyps that will encrust over adjacent rock. Over time this coral may grow "horn-like" branches, appropriate to its name "Encrusting Horn Coral".
CARE LEVEL: Intermediate
AGGRESSIVENESS: Dominant, Uses Sweeper Tentacles
LIGHTING: Medium Light
WATERFLOW: Medium Flow
TANK POSITION: Mid Tank