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Tubastrea faulkneri

Wells, 1982

Orange Polyp Coral, Rose Coral, Sun Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Circumtropical

Natural Environment: Inhabits areas under overhangs, deep vertical walls, or cave entrances/walls where the surrounding waters are high in nutrients. Generally brilliant orange or yellow, with polyps extending at night to feed upon the higher content of plankton during evening hours and usually seen to depths of about 130 feet (40 m).

General Husbandry: See Tubastrea coccinea for suggested aquarium husbandry.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Hexacorallia

    Order: Scleractinia

    Family: Dendrophylliidae

    Genus: Tubastrea

FYI: Cultured specimens exist in the trade.

 Tubastrea faulkneri (Orange Polyp Coral, Rose Coral, Sun Coral)
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