• Hydnophora sp., Encrusting Horn Coral (Hydnophora sp.), 1.5" to 2.5"

Hydnophora sp., Encrusting Horn Coral (Hydnophora sp.), 1.5" to 2.5"

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  • Description


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


Type: Hydnophora    

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