Duncan Polyp
 

Duncanopsammia axifuga, also commonly called whisker coral, duncanops coral, or simply duncan coral, is a type of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It is similar in appearance to the Elegance coral.

Habitat

Duncanopsammia axifuga inhabits sandy and rocky seabeds in Australia and the South China Sea. It can be found growing in colonies of branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef.

Structure of Organism

Duncanopsammia axifuga has large polyps that possess a wide, flat, circular disk that is usually brown or green in color, and is usually patterned by faint stripes or darker or lighter color. The tentacles of an average polyp are thin and are usually colored brown or green similar to the disk color. The tentacles have rows of stinging cells called nematocysts, and generally produce a sticky sensation when touched. An individual polyp resembles a miniature sea anemone, particularly the giant green anemone, although the coral's diameter can only reach a diameter of about 1 inch (2.5 cm). The polyp can open and contract depending on stimuli; for example, creating a strong current will stimulate the polyps to close, and leaving the polyp under the correct lighting and temperatures will generally encourage it to open.

Aquarium Trade

Duncanopsammia axifuga is an uncommon species of coral encountered in the aquarium trade, but is becoming increasingly popular due to the relatively easy care requirements for the growth of the coral, and the rate at which it grows. The duncan coral generally prefers to inhabit an established reef aquarium if brought into captivity. They live in saltwater, so an artificial saltwater mix should be provided for them to live in, and they require a temperature preferably between 75 to 80 °F (24 to 27 °C). These corals, like many other LPS corals, need moderate to high lighting to photosynthesize; compact fluorescent light fixtures, metal halide lighting and/or ultraviolet lighting can cater for almost all corals in captivity. Duncan corals also require a moderate to high current to bring them food such as phytoplankton or zooplankton naturally. However, target feeding can be supplemented by using a tool to dispense food onto the polyp's tentacles. This coral should be placed low in the tank, preferably on the substrate or on a low-lying rock, where the coral can form a colony. Propagating this coral is achieved by separating polyps from the base of the coral.

Source: wikipedia

afeldwinn
afeldwinn posted on Duncan Polyp
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kla
kla updated Duncan Polyp
2012-08-04 15:02:45 -0700
Duncanopsammia axifuga, also commonly called whisker coral, duncanops coral, or simply duncan coral, is a type of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It is similar in appearance to the Elegance coral. Habitat Duncanopsammia axifuga inhabits sandy and rocky seabeds in Australia and the South China Sea. It can be found growing in colonies of branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef. Structure of Organism Duncanopsammia axifuga has large polyps that possess a wide, flat, circular disk that is usually brown or green in color, and is usually patterned by faint stripes or darker or lighter color. The tentacles of an average polyp are thin and are usually colored brown or green similar to the disk color. The tentacles have rows of stinging cells called nematocysts, and generally produce a sticky sensation when touched. An individual polyp resembles a miniature sea anemone, particularly the giant green anemone, although the coral's diameter can only reach a diameter of about 1 inch (2.
JeeperTy
JeeperTy posted on Duncan Polyp
2012-06-22 05:56:41 -0700
kla
kla updated Duncan Polyp
2012-05-05 22:13:50 -0700
Duncanopsammia axifuga, also commonly called whisker coral, duncanops coral, or simply duncan coral, is a type of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It is similar in appearance to the Elegance coral. Habitat Duncanopsammia axifuga inhabits sandy and rocky seabeds in Australia and the South China Sea. It can be found growing in colonies of branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef. Structure of Organism Duncanopsammia axifuga has large polyps that possess a wide, flat, circular disk that is usually brown or green in color, and is usually patterned by faint stripes or darker or lighter color. The tentacles of an average polyp are thin and are usually colored brown or green similar to the disk color. The tentacles have rows of stinging cells called nematocysts, and generally produce a sticky sensation when touched. An individual polyp resembles a miniature sea anemone, particularly the giant green anemone, although the coral's diameter can only reach a diameter of about 1 inch (2.
kla
kla posted on Duncan Polyp
2012-05-04 20:58:07 -0700
FishFace
FishFace updated Duncan Polyp
2012-04-24 13:45:47 -0700
Duncanopsammia axifuga, also commonly called whisker coral, duncanops coral, or simply duncan coral, is a type of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It is similar in appearance to the Elegance coral. Habitat Duncanopsammia axifuga inhabits sandy and rocky seabeds in Australia and the South China Sea. It can be found growing in colonies of branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef. Structure of Organism Duncanopsammia axifuga has large polyps that possess a wide, flat, circular disk that is usually brown or green in color, and is usually patterned by faint stripes or darker or lighter color. The tentacles of an average polyp are thin and are usually colored brown or green similar to the disk color. The tentacles have rows of stinging cells called nematocysts, and generally produce a sticky sensation when touched. An individual polyp resembles a miniature sea anemone, particularly the giant green anemone, although the coral's diameter can only reach a diameter of about 1 inch (2.
FishFace
FishFace created Duncan Polyp on Duncan Polyp
2012-04-24 13:13:05 -0700
Duncanopsammia axifuga, also commonly called whisker coral, duncanops coral, or simply duncan coral, is a type of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It is similar in appearance to the Elegance coral. Habitat Duncanopsammia axifuga inhabits sandy and rocky seabeds in Australia and the South China Sea. It can be found growing in colonies of branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef. Structure of Organism Duncanopsammia axifuga has large polyps that possess a wide, flat, circular disk that is usually brown or green in color, and is usually patterned by faint stripes or darker or lighter color. The tentacles of an average polyp are thin and are usually colored brown or green similar to the disk color. The tentacles have rows of stinging cells called nematocysts, and generally produce a sticky sensation when touched. An individual polyp resembles a miniature sea anemone, particularly the giant green anemone, although the coral's diameter can only reach a diameter of about 1 inch (2.

Coral Specs

Scientific Name
Family
Dendrophylliidae
Environment
Salt
Min Tank Size
30 gallons
Chemistry
8.1 - 8.4 pH
Temperature
72 - 78 °F
Temperament
Peaceful
Diet
Filter Feeder
Difficulty
Moderate
Reef Safe
Yes

Tanks (16)

125-gallon SPS dominated tank - Salt water Aquarium 55 Reef Tank - Salt water Aquarium Corner Reef - Salt water Aquarium Nano Reef - Salt water Aquarium 120g - Salt water Aquarium 14g Biocube  - Salt water Aquarium 150 (48x24x30) - Salt water Aquarium 50 Gallon Column - Salt water Aquarium 75 Gallon Reef Tank - Salt water Aquarium