Abusing the name of named corals

Corals | 28th May 2013 | Article by Curvball | View comments (2)

Not much really annoys me in this hobby (ok, that’s a lie…), but what really gets me is the number of vendors and individuals that try sell a coral based on an infamous or famous named coral of the same description.

So many times a certain acropora frag has gone up for sale and it gets labelled “Coral B” – I think , that’s cool, someone has imported “Coral B” in from the US. But isn’t the export of corals across borders illegal (not impossible with stony corals, but a very costly once CITIES permits etc are factored in)? So I ask the seller what the lineage of “Coral B” is – oh, it’s just named that because it looks like “Coral B” from the US…


ORA Red Planet Acropora? or is it just a similar morph of the same coral?

So, for all you frag buying junkies out there, be a little more wary the next time you see ‘Red Planet’ acropora frags on sale – if they’re not from ORA, then they really can’t be the true Red Planet acro – same goes for those wonderfully named Chalice corals… for example, if they’re calling it the SCs’ La Bamba and it’s not coming from Sexy Corals themselves… well it’s not the original SC La Bamba.


SC La Bamba copycat or the real deal? At $700 per eye for the official coral, you’d want to be 120% sure.

As for zoanthids… well, that’s a whole other story, the shear number of ‘rare’ polyps on offer on ebay brings a tear to my eye, a tear of laughter… buyer beware, be very aware.

Rare zoanthids indeed. So rare they're downright common.

Rare zoanthids indeed. So rare they’re downright common.

If you’re going to create your own line of named corals, come up with a proper common name, and ensure the lineage is tracked and preserved.

What do you think? Do you think people are abusing the names of named corals?

About the author:

Curvball is the editor and founder of nanoreefblog.com. Having kept aquariums on and off since the age 8 years old, this now 32 year old hobbyist is well versed in various types of aquariums. His passion is SPS corals and the challenges of maintaining them in relatively small amounts of water. His professional background as a designer and writer combined with his love for this hobby makes nanoreefblog.com the perfect extension of his passions.

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2 Responses on Abusing the name of named corals

  1. owlbassboy says:

    ok well ill not start on zoas or ill be here til next week ranting…..

    i dont get the deal with giving fancy names and wanting a coral just because its rare, why can people not just want a coral that looks beautiful and would fit nicely in their system?

    ok i said i wasnt going to start on the zoos but i cant avoid it, ill avoid the naming issues though but ive seen people talk about these purple things(possibly joker?) and how lovely and rare they are but erm….. sorry they are bland and boring give me a good old orange with lime lashes any day :)

  2. Vic says:

    Lol I’m cracking up. I am notorious for saying the cool blue ones or bright red ones. All of these crazy names get to be outrageous.

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