Lobed Brain Corals

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Lobophyllia spp. - Blainville, 1830
Lobed Brain Corals

Careful placement is important for this nonaggressive species. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

Impressive additions to the reef aquarium, Lobophyllia species are characterized by deep grooves surrounded by thick fleshy tissue. Tentacles are usually hidden out of sight on the inner margins of the fleshy edges and emerge only at night when food is offered. The underlying skeleton is relatively massive; the coral tissue is usually a dark shade of green, brown, bronze, or red, with the papillae on the surface a lighter contrasting color.

Family: Mussidae

Other common name(s):

  • Open Brain Corals

Native range:

Maximum length: 100 cm (39 in)

Maximum height: 100 cm (39 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 190 L (50 gal)

Lighting: Tolerant of most lighting conditions, but prefer bright.

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

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate, but must be fed; will eat a lot of food if it is offered.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Good reef aquarium animals; not aggressive or terribly demanding of water conditions.

[edit] Special Care

Prefer low to moderate currents. Do not fare well in coral-to-coral interactions, so care should be taken to place them in situations that will not result in contact with other corals when they expand significantly at night.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Lobed Brain CoralsRDF feed
Common name Lobed Brain Corals  +, and Open Brain Corals  +
Family Mussidae  +
Genus Lobophyllia  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Tolerant of most lighting conditions, but prefer bright.  +
Maximum height 39 in  +
Maximum length 39 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 50 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +