Identification and Evolution of Closed Brain Corals

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  1. clsanchez77

    clsanchez77 Reefkeeping Extremist Global Moderator

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    R2R had a recent post linking this recent publication. Coral identification in this hobby has always been difficult as the hobbyists and trades just do not keep up with scientific literatures on the subject. It also does not help that we all don't have the ability to perform molecular level comparisons of our corals for proper identification :D.

    To my knowledge, no other subset of reef keeping has gone through the taxonomic transformations as the LPS "Brain Corals". No bias here, but these also happen to be my favorite corals as well.
    Below are the links to the 3 part report. The publication is hosted on Reefs.com.

    Part 1: https://reefs.com/2015/09/17/identification-and-evolution-of-closed-brain-corals-part-1/
    Includes Background, Overview and Favia & Dipsastraea (Formerly Pacific Favia) sps

    Part 2: https://reefs.com/2015/09/18/the-identification-and-evolution-of-closed-brain-corals-part-2/
    Includes Favites, Goniastraea, Coelastraea, Platygyra, Leptoria, Oulophyllia, Paragoniastraea & Paramontastraea sps

    Part 3: https://reefs.com/2015/09/19/the-identification-and-evolution-of-closed-brain-corals-part-3/
    Includes Astrea, Cyphastrea, Orbicella, Montastaea, Disploastraea, Plesiastrea, Solenastrea, Leptastrea, & Oulastrea sps.

    Disappointedly, the study did not get into "open brains" such as the calaustreas, lobophyllia, mussa, scolymias and other similar. While traditionally, theses were identified separately as Mussidae, this is no longer the case. In reading this, and in following the trends over the last couple of decades, it is very apparent that morphology is becoming less significant in the classification of corals.

    Here is the current brain coral "family tree"
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    ...and no LARC post should go without eye candy :)
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    Humblefish Dr. Fish Administrator LARC Supporter

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    Excellent! Will add this to the scrolly section of our front page. :D
     
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    BluewaterLa LARC Boil Master Administrator LARC Supporter

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    I do intend to look at all the links you provided as this is of high interest to me so thank you for sharing with us.
    Getting all technical on me now Chris ??.... -cheers2-
     
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    bandit1994 Harlequin Tusk

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    I am interested as my
    Jason Fox jack-o'-lantern lepto and radio active lepto are doing well in a low light biocube and this may help me understand why lol we can only hope to truly understand
     
  5. clsanchez77

    clsanchez77 Reefkeeping Extremist Global Moderator

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    I have always had an interest in coral identification/classification. Partly the scientist in me, but also just something that has been under development the entire length of my hobby tenure.

    Not the scope of the article and not going to help you at all. Leptoseris come from the Agaricia family and these corals just tend to be more cryptic. They are photosynthetic and can/will adapt to higher lighting. In nature, the corals come from deeper water or shaded areas and the colors are far more muted than what Jason Fox sells. Typical colors are brown, with shades of greenish brown, orangish brown, brownish brown and grayish brown lol. A great coral for those low light areas other corals just won't do well in....but not a brain coral or favia coral and not covered in the article set.
     
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