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Family Alcyoniidae

Sarcophyton trocheliophorum

(von Marenzeller, 1886)

Elephant Ear Coral/Ruffled Leather

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean/Red Sea

Natural Environment: Inhabits reef tops, lagoons, and reef slopes

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 68 to 83°F (20 - 28°C). Probably the best looking of all leather corals. It is sometimes referred to as the Ruffled Leather because of its frilly/ruffled edges. This species can get pretty large, e.g., three feet across at the top and three or four feet high. Not something for the 10 gallon aquarium! Requires strong light good water circulation.

 Sarcophyton trocheliophorum (Elephant Ear Coral/Ruffled Leather )
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