Bird's Nest Coral

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Seriatopora hystrix - Dana, 1846
Bird's Nest Coral

This coral may harbor crabs that live symbiotically in the colony. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

One of the most distinctive corals kept by hobbyists, this species is highly and characteristically branched. The branches often have very sharp (dangerously sharp) points. Because the branches often grow toward one another to form a “nest,” this species has been given the common name bird’s nest coral. The branches also often meet and fuse. The basic color may be green, brown, white, yellow, or pink; the coral tends to turn brown under less than ideal aquarium conditions.

Family: Pocilloporidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 46 cm (18 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Lighting: Needs bright illumination.

Placement: In full bright light.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate. May feed on fine particulate foods.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Excellent reef aquarium animal. It is not particularly aggressive and will react negatively to nearby corals.

[edit] Special Care

In addition to needing bright light, it requires moderate to strong currents.

[edit] Notes

Rather easy to maintain, its requirements are similar to those of the Acropora species.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Bird's Nest CoralRDF feed
Common name Bird's Nest Coral  +
Family Pocilloporidae  +
Genus Seriatopora  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Needs bright illumination.  +
Maximum length 18 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Placement In full bright light.  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name hystrix  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +
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