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Pachyseris rugosa serpent coral, elephant skin coral


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lexID:
4300 
AphiaID:
207292 
Scientific:
Pachyseris rugosa 
German:
Elefantenhautkoralle 
English:
Serpent Coral, Elephant Skin Coral 
Category:
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Scleractinia incertae sedis (Family) > Pachyseris (Genus) > rugosa (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Lamarck, ), 1801 
Occurrence:
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Bunaken, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Guam, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Java, Madagascar, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland (Australia), Red Sea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South China Sea, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Taiwan, Thailand, the Seychelles, Timor, Vanuatu, Western Pacific Ocean 
Sea depth:
0 - 40 Meter 
Size:
31.5" - 47.24" (80cm - 120cm) 
Temperature:
73.4 °F - 82.4 °F (23°C - 28°C) 
Food:
Phytoplankton, Plankton, Zooplankton, Zooxanthellae / Light 
Tank:
33 gal (~ 150L) 
Difficulty:
Average 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2020-02-11 08:45:09 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Pachyseris rugosa are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Pachyseris rugosa, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Pachyseris rugosa, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

Husbandry

“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”
Nemenzo, 1955

Characters: Colonies are upright, irregular, usually contorted, anastomosing bifacial plates. They are often over one metre across. Columellae are wall-like lobes.

Colour: Deep bluish-grey or brown.

Habitat: May develop into large mound-shaped colonies in shallow water but smaller colonies occur in a wide range of habitats including those exposed to strong wave action.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Pachyseris gemmae , Pachyseris involuta

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