Tubastrea and Dendrophyllia, both belonging to the family Dendropyhllidae. To our knowledge, it is very difficult or even impossible to ID these animals exactly . This would probably possible using a more detailed examination of the animal itself. (Study of form and seat of the mesentery) Both classes together contain about 11 different species. After Fossa and Nilsen, are up to Tubastrea micrantha all species are very similar. Even with T. diaphana (proven by M. Mrutzek and D. Knop) one has already attested green and brown tones.
T. micrantha differs by the more powerful branch of the other species. T. diaphana has in contrast to the rest of the family very dark polyps. There is little reported about T. diaphana, and generally keeping this animal is only possible at optimal food availability and not too low current, is it too much current the coral dies.
All family members of Dendrophyllidae need a good flow and adequate feeding, (Due to the lack of zooxanthellae), which should carried out daily. These beautiful corals live NOT of zooxanthellae (light). The polyps are used to fish for larger plankton. (Artemia, etc)
These kind of coral must be fed daily, who buys this coral must be considered this fact. Only who believes in it, is successful in keeping.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Scleractinia (Order) > Dendrophylliidae (Family) > Tubastraea (Genus) > Tubastraea faulkneri (Species)