By Bob Goemans
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Family Discosomatidae

Rhodactis inchoata

Carlgren, 1943

Elephant Ear Mushroom

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean

Natural Environment: Inhabits reef slopes and reef shallows, sometimes where the nutrient level is more concentrated, i.e., bays, lagoons, and boat channels

General Husbandry: Sometimes called "Elephant Ear Mushroom Corals" because of their larger size. Do well in a temperature range of about 72 - 83ºF (22 - 28ºC). Polyps may be blue, green or purple. Each tentacle is star-shaped and arranged in radial rows around the disc. Their low cost and maintenance requirements make them very popular with reef keepers. They can be fed small pieces of fish/shrimp flesh.

 Rhodactis inchoata (Elephant Ear Mushroom)
Photo © Tracy Gray
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