Mushroom Polyps

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Discosoma spp. - Rüppell and Leuckart, 1828
Mushroom Polyps

These animals thrive under varying conditions. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The correct name for this genus is Discosoma, although the name Actinodiscus has been used incorrectly for many years in the aquarium hobby. Few of the species of mushroom polyps appear to be scientifically described, and identification is difficult, even for experts.

Family: Actinodiscidae

Other common name(s):

  • Mushroom Anemones
  • Corallimorphs

Native range:

Maximum height: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 3.8 L (1 gal)

Lighting: Moderate lighting; some prefer dim, others bright.

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

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate, but need to be fed small particulate material and, occasionally, enriched newly hatched Artemia.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Good aquarium animals. Often reproduce well. Occasionally overgrow other animals.

[edit] Notes

These animals thrive under varying conditions and are not particularly demanding.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Mushroom PolypsRDF feed
Common name Mushroom Polyps  +, Mushroom Anemones  +, and Corallimorphs  +
Family Actinodiscidae  +
Genus Discosoma  +
Image credit SWM  +
Lighting Moderate lighting; some prefer dim, others bright.  +
Maximum height 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 1 gal  +
Native range Caribbean  +, and 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  +