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Turbinaria peltata

(Esper, 1794)

Cup/Chalice/Turban Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean, Australia, Indian Ocean, and Eastern Africa

Natural Environment: Protected environments, shallow reef slopes, foreshores with turbid water

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 74 to 83°F (23 - 28°C). Quite hardy and requires moderate light and moderate water movement. Usually brown, gray or cream in color. When irritated, these corals can dispense copious amounts of clear mucus. If this mucus touches other corals it can damage them as it is presumed to contain nematocysts or a toxin used as a defense mechanism.

 Turbinaria peltata (Cup/Chalice/Turban Coral)
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