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Pachyseris inattesa is a new Red Sea stony coral

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 15, 2014 09:00 AM
Pachyseris inattesa is the newest described species of 'elephant skin' coral. This new species has a smoother appearance than its congeners aquarists sometimes encounter. The best we can describe P.inattesa is a cross between Montipora verrucosa and Leptoseris sp. corals. (It's a good thing we have pictures!)

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The species is observed in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.  Specimens documented for study showed a significant range of morphological differences based on their size and where they were observed/collected (differences in light levels and currents).  As reefkeepers know, corals can take on radically different appearances based on environmental conditions.

The findings were published this week in ZooKeys.

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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.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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