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Pocillopora capitata


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lexID:
5211 
AphiaID:
289246 
Scientific:
Pocillopora capitata 
German:
Kleinpolypige Steinkoralle 
English:
Cauliflower Coral 
Category:
SPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Pocilloporidae (Family) > Pocillopora (Genus) > capitata (Species) 
Initial determination:
Verrill, 1864 
Occurrence:
El Salvador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Galapagos, Marshalløyene, Mexico (Øst Pacific), Mexicogulfen, Mikronesia 
Size:
30 cm - 50 cm 
Temperature:
22°C - 27°C 
Food:
Zooxanthellae / Lys 
Tank:
~ 500 Liter 
Difficulty:
Middels 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
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Last edit:
2013-03-30 18:40:54 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Pocillopora capitata are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Pocillopora capitata, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Pocillopora capitata, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

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Verrill, 1864

Very special thanks for the foto to Prof. Dr. Peter Glynn, Miami, USA!

Characters: Colonies form irregular mounds or are openly branched. Branches are tall and upright, almost cylindrical in section, becoming flattened towards the tip. Verrucae are elongate but are of irregular size and are irregularly distributed on branches.

Colour: Brown.

Habitat: Shallow rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon except in the far eastern Pacific.

Similar species: Pocillopora zelli

text source: Corals of the World

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