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Coral War Photos

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 19, 2013 07:00 AM
Corals are highly aggressive animals. When other corals encroach on their territory, LPS and SPS alike can deploy mesentery filaments packed with nematocysts to sting invaders. Reef2Reef has a thread where members share amazing photos of corals attacking other corals.
Coral War Photos

"BeakerBob's" Acanthastrea echinata blasting neighboring yellow polyps.

Micro Warfare!

To view more photos of "coral wars" or to post a photo of your own, visit our friends at  Here is a sample of the some really nice corals doing not so nice things to their neighbors.


Real Estate war!  Acropora vs Monitpora in "icycoral's" reef aquarium.



A Watermelon Chalice fires a long range stinger missile.  Photo by "barbianj."



This Acanthastrea lordhwensis is not a hospitable neighbor. Photo by "barbianj."



Ouch!  Fallen Goniastrea is mercilessly attacked by a Scoylmia in "Chameleon's" tank.



Mesentery filaments galore!  Photo by "skinz78."

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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