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hani1314
01/27/2015, 09:53 AM
I realized afterwards that I should have made my post here.
I purchased a goniopora from a fellow reefer.
However, now that it is open it looks different than what I have seen before.

Someone thought it was a xenia but it does not pulse. It is also much larger than my pom pom xenias.

It is orangish in color down the center of each stalk.
When the actinic lights are on they glow on these lines.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

aromano
01/27/2015, 10:37 AM
looks like 8 tentacles per polyp therefore some type of octocoral which i believe xenia falls into. Goni would have 24 tentacles I think. Does it have a hard skeleton?

hani1314
01/27/2015, 10:52 AM
no hard skeleton. attached to live rock. If it is a xenia I am not sure what kind as it does not pulse and if different from the photos I see online.

ajespo85
01/27/2015, 10:59 AM
looks like a type of xenia to me. xenias have no hard skeleton because they are a soft coral, they will attach to anything. Not all xenia pulse either, they are many kinds.

cloak
01/27/2015, 01:17 PM
Anthelia?

Ticky660
01/27/2015, 02:07 PM
Looks like some sort of Clavularia.

Moort82
01/28/2015, 02:44 AM
Looks like some sort of Clavularia.

+1 see here http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=597+599+1604&pcatid=1604

Zacktosterone
01/30/2015, 10:36 AM
I'm 99.9999% positive that's xenia, its too bunched up and the stocks are too long to be clavularia. Not spread out enough. Everything looks to branch out of itself unlike clavularia. The fingers of the coral look to short to be anthelia despite it's branching

jgalen0025
01/30/2015, 02:26 PM
def xenia, you got ripped off

Moort82
01/31/2015, 03:53 PM
I'm 99.9999% positive that's xenia, its too bunched up and the stocks are too long to be clavularia. Not spread out enough. Everything looks to branch out of itself unlike clavularia. The fingers of the coral look to short to be anthelia despite it's branching

I'm 99.99999% sure your wrong and that it is clavularia. The last pic makes it clear to me.

kurt_n
02/02/2015, 10:46 PM
Well... it's definitely *not* Goniopora. Think we can all agree on that!

Agree that it's probably one of the many different varieties of Clavularia, or generic "Clove Polyps".

Fish Ed
02/07/2015, 06:17 AM
It's clavularia. The first pic is already clear enough, can't you see that slight orangey tips? It's like what a papaya clavularia would have.

Puffyluv
02/07/2015, 06:21 AM
Lolz, color does not prove species...but yes, 100% sure it is clavularia, also. :) Agreed that the last pic of it closed proved this beyond doubt.

Fish Ed
02/07/2015, 06:42 AM
True, but none of the above have such features.

hypostatic
03/01/2015, 01:09 AM
I'm 99.99999% sure your wrong and that it is clavularia. The last pic makes it clear to me.

+1. This is a clove polyp. 100% sure.