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Oculina varicosa

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lexID:
5477 
Scientific:
Oculina varicosa 
German:
Kleinpolypische Steinkoralle 
English:
Fused ivory tree coral 
Category:
Stenkoraller - SPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Oculinidae (Family) > Oculina (Genus) > varicosa (Species) 
Initial determination:
Le Sueur, 1820 
Occurrence:
Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Barbados, Columbia, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Haiti, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Caymanöarna, Dominikanska Republiken, Honduras, Karibien, Mexico (East Pacific), Nicaragua, USA 
Sea depth:
0 - 30 Meter 
Size:
bis zu 50cm 
Temperature:
22°C - 28°C 
Food:
azooxanthellat, Matspecialist, Plankton, Zooxanthellen / Ljus 
Tank:
~ 500 Liter 
Difficulty:
5 - Svår 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-01-04 19:22:49 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Oculina varicosa are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Oculina varicosa, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Oculina varicosa, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

Husbandry

(Lesueur, 1821)

Colonies may be zooxanthellate or azooxanthellate depending on light availability. Azooxanthellate colonies form extensive banks while zooxanthellate colonies form clumps of tapered fused branches less than 0.5 metres across. Corallites are exsert, 2-3 millimetres diameter. Septa are in three cycles.

Colour: Tan, lavender, or dark brown.

Habitat: Zooxanthellate colonies occur in protected environments as little as 5 metres deep.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Oculina diffusa , Oculina valenciennesi

Text source: Corals of the world by J.E.N. Charlie Veron

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