我们大多都认为我们在珊瑚缸中见过了很多杯珊瑚,不过,依旧有大量的野生品种尚未被发现。 Mycedium mancaoi就是其中一种。这种珊瑚是杯珊瑚家族中一个特殊的物种,它的长出了盘状的分枝,一个有分枝的杯珊瑚。

 

我们从来没有在珊瑚缸中见过Mycedium mancaoi,我们是几年前在四王岛潜水的时候偶然发现的这株枝状杯珊瑚,这种珊瑚可能就是浅棕色的,苍白色的像眼睛一样的口器,真是难以想象,这株珊瑚的其他成员,太空入侵者,竟然是绿色的,并带有黄色,橙色或者粉色的口器。


 

想要遇到新的颜色和品种的分枝杯珊瑚M.mancaoi,在某种程度上取决于能否从巴厘岛、所罗门群岛和菲律宾之间的珊瑚三角洲获得出口资格。分支杯珊瑚很有可能已经存在于珊瑚爱好者手中,但是只是没有得到认可,或者生长得足够大,或者给予它最喜欢的生长成分枝状的生活条件。


 

原文:

We think we’ve seen a wide variety of chalice corals in the aquarium hobby but there’s still plenty of diversity left for us to discover from wild corals. Mycedium mancaoi is a very unusual species of chalice coral which develops plates that tend towards branching – a branching chalice coral. 

 

While we’ve never seen Mycedium mancaoi in the aquarium hobby, we came across this beautiful example of the branching chalice coral while diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia a few years back. The colony may simply be light brown with pale oral discs aka ‘eyes’, it inconceivable that other strains of this coral couldn’t be space invader green with yellow, orange or pink mouths. 

 

Finding new colors and strains of the branching chalice coral M. mancaoi is somewhat contingent on getting access to exports from the Coral Triangle framed between Bali in the West, Solomon Islands in the West and the Philippines in the North. It’s quite possible that the branching chalice coral is already present in the reefing hobby but simply hasn’t been recognized, or grown out large enough, or given the conditions it prefers to develop this sweet branching growth form.