Large polyp stony corals are some of the most highly variable of all species of Scleractinia so it’s always fun to peruse a curated collection in people’s tanks, local fish stores, and especially at large aquarium events. Such a conference occurred last week in Dallas with Aquashella, one of the last major crossover aquarium shows of the year where we eyeballed a bunch of solitary polyps of fleshy, colorful and eye catching corals.
The Australian ‘Scolymia’,Homophyllia australis,始终是LPS收藏家的最爱，其物种存在于这种名副其实的颜色和图案的彩虹中，我们对某些组合（例如出血苹果和经纪人）具有特定的名称。引起了很多关注的两个“ scolies”包括一个非常惊人的真橙色H. australis从Zoanthids.comand a unique master grade polyp fromSouthwest Aquaculture with an even combination of red and green striping and an underlying ring of black typical of the UFO variety.
It’s pretty rare for any single company to corner any aspect of the various coral categories at a reef show but珊瑚Vault有LPS珊瑚锁定at ‘Shella Dallas with vast offerings of every major group of theseusuallysolitary stony corals. Coral Vault had copious examples of many different coral groups on hand includingAcanthophyllia,Cynarina,Trachyphyllia,Micromussa pacificaand many differentbutton scolies.
激发我们最感兴趣的息肉是一对“暹罗”Acanthophylliathat Coral Vault displayed – one piece was a duo of classic red & green polyps growing side by side, and it was joined by a more orange & green specimen with a figure-8 shape which will probably expand to the size of a bucket lid when really settled in. If you’re more into the classical round shapes of LPS corals there was also an intense orangeCynarina即使在打开前，囊泡的红色粉红色颜色也是最美的彩虹之一Acanthophylliawe’ve ever seen in person with a very fine network of radiating stripes covering the entire mantle.