Permafrost Mushroom Is The Latest Aquarium Hotness

by | Nov 30, 2018 | Corals | 0 comments

Move over, Jawbreaker Mushrooms… out of the way Bounce Mushrooms… there’s a new corallimorph king in town. Meet the Permafrost Mushroom, a sexy new strain of Discosoma that was recently shared by the coral connoisseurs over at Bali Aquarium. Credit to clownfish guru Matt Pedersen for coming up with the catchy name, which references the nearly perfect resemblance this polyp has to a lichen-strewn subarctic landscape. If you squint your eyes just right, you can almost see the herds of caribou off in the distance, traversing a barren expanse across this polyp’s orange and green oral disk. Let’s hope this gorgeous mushroom makes it into propagation, because there’s going to be a lot of aquarists wanting a frag.

  • Joe Rowlett

    Joe is classically trained in the zoological arts and sciences, with a particular focus on the esoterica of invertebrate taxonomy and evolution. He’s written for several aquarium publications and for many years lorded over the marinelife at Chicago’s venerable Old Town Aquarium. He currently studies prairie insect ecology at the Field Museum of Natural History and fish phylogenetics at the University of Chicago.


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