Myriopathes ulex Feathery black coral, Dense feathery black coral
Myriopathes ulexis commonly referred to as Feathery black coral, Dense feathery black coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The offspring of Myriopathes ulex are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Myriopathes ulex, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Myriopathes ulex, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Black corals (Hexacorallia: Anthipatharia) are described as azooxanthellate (lacking Symbiodinium), a trait thought to reflect their preference for low-light environments that do not support photosynthesis.
14 antipatharian species collected between 10 and 396 m from Hawai'i and Johnston Atoll for the presence of Symbiodinium using molecular typing and histology.
Symbiodinium was retrieved from 43 per cent of the antipatharian samples!
For informations have look here:
- First description of algae mutualistic endosymbiosis in a black coral
- Azooxanthellate? Most Hawaiian black corals contain Symbiodinium