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Species Name: Amplexidiscus fenestrafer

Authority: Dunn & Hamner, 1980

Common Name: Elephant Ear/Giant Cup Mushroom

Range: Tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean

Natural Environment: There is only one species thought to be in this genus and is found in shallow waters in lagoons and tidepools, often in turbid and still waters. Generally a tan color, but depending upon where collected, may be an ivory, dark brown, or gray color, with the central oral area possibly a dark orange. These are usually solitary creatures, sometimes attached vertically on substrates, and may be found in small groups. They have small stinging tentacles that are capable of capturing small fishes and invertebrates, which usually occurs during evening hours.

General Husbandry: These mostly photosynthetic corals, which can attain a diameter of 12 - 14 inches (30 - 35 cm), are among the easiest of all large polyped soft (LPS) corals to maintain since they do better in somewhat nutrient rich surroundings with medium light intensity and gentle water movement. They are not true anemones, nor are they true corals, ... For the rest of this information, which was included in a short article for TFH and printed in their October 2009 issue Click Here

Elephant Ear/Giant Cup Mushroom (Amplexidiscus fenestrafer) Photo Credit:Bob Goemans

Photo Credit: Bob Goemans

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