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Old 10-01-2003, 11:26 PM   #11
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Stylophora pistillata (thanks, Steve!) gets my vote. It also can have that *fake* fuschia-pink coloration:

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Old 10-01-2003, 11:39 PM   #12
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It also can have that *fake* fuschia-pink coloration
Unless I am mistaken...the coloration on stylophora comes from the polyps, and "skin" the pic in question looks like the skeleton is that color. One reason I would tend to go with stylaster.
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The more closely I examine this coral the more I can convince myself of seeing fine hairs extending from the skeleton. Whether these are the dactylzooids I've read about being indicative of this family or just alage I've haven't decided yet. I guess I'll just keep guessing but thanks for all the help
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Old 10-02-2003, 11:05 PM   #14
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If I am not mistaken, Stylaster sp. does not grow in the same "blunted" fashion as Stylophora sp. The scleractinia growth of stylaster is more pointed or flattened.

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http://www.biology.ucsc.edu/classes/...ifornicus.html

Not what I would call an exact match, but a possibility.
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Hey, just an update....I posted these pics on Reef Central to Eric Borneman and his ID is calling it a sponge. Being much more of an expert than me, I'll have to take his word for it lol.
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Old 10-04-2003, 01:49 AM   #17
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jack, I think I'm going with sponge on yours until we get some better photos.
With all due respect to Eric,

It could be but I'm not completely sold on that idea. Especially since he seems rather unsure....

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Jack, put some rubber gloves on and feel it, is it hard, or soft? A SPS coral will have a hard skeleton, a sponge will be soft.
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I think I am coming to the conclusion that I will never know what this is, but then who ever REALLY knows what coral/sponge/crab etc. that they've bought. I will just be happy if it stays pink and healthy
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Is it hard...or soft?

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That's what we are aiming for, but until you know what it is, it is very difficult to provide for it's needs.

There really is no "hard/difficult" species, provided it's needs are met, it is knowing the needs and providing them that is difficult for some aquarists.
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