Featured Coral – WWC Rhodactis Shroom

by | Jun 29, 2016 | Corals, Fish, Invertebrates, Reef, Science | 0 comments

rhodactis mushroom - reefsNormally I don’t “ohh and ahh” over a Rhodactis mushroom but this one looks very beautiful, making this our Featured Coral of the Week.  As of today, they only have one Rhodactis like this in stock and WWC is offering it for $129.00. About: The Rhodactis or Bullseye mushroom, as it’s sometimes called, is often seen in violet to blue or with margins and highlights in orange.  What makes this mushroom unique is the rainbow of colors seen in the specimen.  Papillae form a cauliflower-like patterns,and they typically can grow to about 3 inches in diameter. Rhodactis resemble both coral and anemones, although technically they are neither. Lacking a skeleton, Rhodactis is classified as a corallimorph. Corallimorphs more often than not, lack elongated and retractable feeding or sweeper tentacles. Instead of feeding tentacles the majority of them have small, bump-like tentacles or nobs that are less efficient at capturing prey when compared to many corals. While true, many species of Rhodactis possess stinging cells and some larger species are even capable of capturing and consuming small fish through their mouths. MORE

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