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Old 08-24-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
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what kind of brain is this?

I picked this up randomly from my LFS, it wasnt doing too good and they had in their frag tank about a foot under their halides...I figured since it as a brain, that wanst a good spot for it and that was the reason why it wasnt doing well so i dropped the 20 bucks on it, it has actually grown quite a bit since I bought it. the store said it was a Lobo, after looking at lobo after lobo...im not sure if its a lobo or a scoly....it is about 5 inches long and it is shaped like a scoly, the base is small and somewhat pointed, almost loke the base to my trachy brain. any ideas? and just for kicks.. this is my bubble that finally stopped receding from the skeleton. it got kind of roughed up in transport, I was sooo mad..look at the size of the skeleton! the entire skeleton was full....so depressing but it seems to be on the reboundClick image for larger version

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Looks like a type of lobo to me. Think 5" is a little big for a scoly.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:10 PM   #3
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Looks like Scolymia cubensis to me. We have a bright orange one that a club member helped me to identify a few months ago.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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ok i took it out an measured it, its roughly 4 inches (if it was completely flat) including skeleton, i hope its a scoly but a lobo is a winner too, i paid 20 bucks for it either way, its a good deal
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Check out the 2nd pic in post #33 here.

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I think they are very similar.
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Check out the 2nd pic in post #33 here.

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I think they are very similar.
yea.. it looks like that when it is puffed up, different color but same general shape and texture
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Looking through my Veron coral book tonight... I'm starting to come around to HN1's i.d. The only thing that throws me is that Veron's description makes it sound like it's not very common for Scolymia cubensis to be more than 100mm (4") across.

Either way... great pickup for $20, and care for both Scoly and Lobo would be more or less the same.
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yea, my LFS has a tendency to just throw everything in their frag tank under the ceiling mounted halide's so if you wait long enough...the price drops b/c the coral isnt "pretty" after a while..(assuming that it doesnt get sold as soon as it goes in the tank) i got that piece about half the size it is in the picture, the skeleton hasnt gotten bigger just the live coral itself has grown back over it and it is just under 4 inches, like 3 7/8's to be exact
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