Natalie’s Southern Star Chalice
Coral Type: Chalices
Scientific Name: Echinophyllia sp.
Feeding: None - Photosynthetic
Photo Courtesy of: Reef Gen
An incredibly pigmented new chalice exported from Australia. Corallites contain amazing radiating lines or spokes that are very distinct and possibly represent a new class of pigmentation patterns for the chalice Echinophyllia group of corals. The original Watermelon Chalice corals contain dots of pigments within their corallite centers. This possible new class contains finely drawn very unique spokes or streamers radiating outward from the corallite mouth. Corallite mouths and radiating lines are golden. Corallite background is a smoothed mix of pink, blue, yellow and green. Prominant ridges circle the corallite, which also develops a bright pink inner ring. Surface pigments are a thick mix of bluish and pinkish with upper areas almost whitish in coloration.