Plate Corals

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Fungia spp. - Lamarck, 1801
Plate Corals

This is a fascinating coral that can climb significant slopes, as well as turn themselves over. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

The colors of Fungia spp. range from tan to pink to green. Numerous small tentacles are found over the surface of the animal. They generally retract during the day.

Family: Fungiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Mushroom Coral
  • Disc Coral

Native range:

Habitat: Normally found on sand or coral rubble, they should be placed on similar substrates in a reef aquarium.

Maximum length: 30 cm (12 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 190 L (50 gal)

Lighting: Must have bright illumination.

Placement: In full bright light.

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

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate, but need significant feeding to stay healthy or grow. Will eat small pieces of fish, shrimp, or squid placed on the oral disc.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Good aquarium animals. Can be aggressive.

[edit] Special Care

Mobile Fungia are rather fascinating animals, but they do have a drawback: both their nematocysts and copious chemically laden mucus secretions pack quite a punch. As they move, they may bump into other corals or animals in the tank and cause significant damage. Care must be taken with their placement.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Plate CoralsRDF feed
Common name Plate Corals  +, Mushroom Coral  +, and Disc Coral  +
Family Fungiidae  +
Genus Fungia  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Must have bright illumination.  +
Maximum length 12 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 50 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Placement In full bright light.  +
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  +