Coral Type: SPS
Scientific Name: Acropora simplex
Feeding: None - Photosynthetic
Photo Courtesy of: Reeffarmers
What happened was that a bright green Pocilloporidae coral fell and came into contact with an Acropora simplex cultured coral colony transshipped from Bali. They probably remained in contact for a week and when they were pulled apart, the Acropora simplex had some bright green pigments on it. The coral was normally Purple Brown with Blue Tips. Under strong light it goes more blue. Under weak light that Acropora simplex can become more greenish. It normally has an ability to develop minor amounts of a specific green fluorescing pigment that is excited by UV and not violet. The bright green pigment from the Pocilloporidae is a pigment that fluoresces strongly under violet light and only weakly under UV light. Photo and text courtesy of Reeffarmers.