The Coral aquarium within the Tropical zone has a new specimen of soft coral

Jul 15, 2014

Called ‘Sarcophyton’ and mushroom-shaped, it is 40cm wide
The Coral aquarium within the Tropical zone has a new specimen of soft coral

The Coral aquarium within the Tropical zone of the Oceanogràfic has a new specimen of coral called ‘Sarcophyton’, which is 40cm wide and approximately 7 years old. This species belongs to the group of soft corals, so called because, unlike hard corals, they have no skeleton composed of calcium carbonate and so do not contribute to the formation of a reef.

The colony of polyps is mushroom-shaped and has an extended foot on which a layer of polyps grows and extends over its edges. There were already two corals in the aquarium of this species but both are much smaller. This new specimen of coral has been presented by a private individual.

This aquarium is home to different animals, including fish and invertebrates, of the Indo-Pacific region. The recreation of a coral reef in an aquarium is a delicate task that requires time, effort and dedication to help it grow into a faithful reproduction of natural reefs. Currently it has more than 50 different species including fish, corals and other invertebrates: yellow tangs, clownfish, gobies, mandarin and different species of corals, such as mushroom coral, cactus coral or elkhorn coral ...