This Echinophyllia species coral has an Intense Orange Red pigmentation that covers the
plating corals surface. Orange has been considered a rare color for Echinophyllia sp. corals.
What is also unusual about this Echinophyllia is that there are white tipped teeth protrusions
that occur in lines radiating outward from the center of the coral. The leading edge of the coral
can also develop a white pigment. A close examination of the corals pigments shows that bright
red orange lines encircle the corals corallites (see image below). This coral is simply one of
the brightest solid orangish colored Echinophyllia corals that we have seen. Reeffarmers acquired
our seed fragments from Clint Conway of Diamonds
in the Reef . Clint purchased the coral from Reefermadness. We do not know where it was
originally exported from. The coral has always had this brilliant orange/red coloration. The
coral appears like an Orange Chalice coral in basic form, but there are also whitish teeth that
ornamate the chalice or plate surface. Steve Tyree is maintaining a farmed section of this coral
for reeffarmers.com in one of his 125 gallon naturally filtered Tri-Zonal Reef Aquariums. In
Steve's captive reef the coral is positoned to recieve moderate light levels under a 400 watt
20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. Please note this coral was retired on December 2008 due to the loss
of the seed.
Echinophyllia patula Patula Punch Reeffarmers Corallite Closeup.
Note the super intense orange/red lines that encircle the polyp mouth.