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Tubastrea

Tubastrea micrantha

Ehrenberg, 1834

Black Cup Coral, Black Tube Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Circumtropical

Natural Environment: Found growing on coral skeletons in fore reef surf zones and usually seen to depths of about 85 feet (25 m).

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade.

See Tubastrea coccinea for suggested aquarium husbandry.

Taxonomy:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Hexacorallia

    Order: Scleractinia

    Family: Dendrophylliidae

    Genus: Tubastrea

FYI: FYI: In the wild, can be green to brown or blackish in color.

A somewhat poor survivor in the captivity.

 Tubastrea micrantha (Black Cup Coral, Black Tube Coral)
Photo © James Fatherree
 Tubastrea micrantha (Black Cup Coral, Black Tube Coral)
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