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Tubastraea coccinea Orange cup coral

Tubastraea coccineais commonly referred to as Orange cup coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 100 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

Profilbild Urheber Jean-Marie Gradot, La Reunion

Tubastraea coccinea , Orange cup coral, 2018

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Tubastraea coccinea 
Gelbe Kelchkoralle 
Orange Cup Coral 
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Dendrophylliidae (Family) > Tubastraea (Genus) > coccinea (Species) 
Initial determination:
Lesson, 1829 
Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Indonesia, Invasive Species, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, North Atlantic Ocean, Papua New Guinea, Red Sea, South Atlantic, the Caribbean, The Gulf of Guinea, the Seychelles, USA, Venezuela 
Sea depth:
1 - 37 Meter 
up to 1.97" (5 cm) 
75.2 °F - 80.6 °F (24°C - 27°C) 
Brine Shrimp Nauplii, Brine Shrimps, Cyclops, Dustfood , Food specialist, Frozen food (small sorts), Lobster eggs, Plankton 
22 gal (~ 100L) 
Only for advanced aquarists 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
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Last edit:
2018-05-14 18:05:26 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Tubastraea coccinea are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Tubastraea coccinea, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Tubastraea coccinea, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


Tubastrea and Dendrophyllia, both belonging to the family Dendropyhllidae. To our knowledge, it is very difficult or even impossible to ID these animals exactly . This would probably possible using a more detailed examination of the animal itself. (Study of form and seat of the mesentery) Both classes together contain about 11 different species. After Fossa and Nilsen, are up to Tubastrea micrantha all species are very similar. Even with T. diaphana (proven by M. Mrutzek and D. Knop) one has already attested green and brown tones.

T. micrantha differs by the more powerful branch of the other species. T. diaphana has in contrast to the rest of the family very dark polyps. There is little reported about T. diaphana, and generally keeping this animal is only possible at optimal food availability and not too low current, is it too much current the coral dies.

All family members of Dendrophyllidae need a good flow and adequate feeding, (Due to the lack of zooxanthellae), which should carried out daily. These beautiful corals live NOT of zooxanthellae (light). The polyps are used to fish for larger plankton. (Artemia, etc)

These kind of coral must be fed daily, who buys this coral must be considered this fact. Only who believes in it, is successful in keeping.

Astropsammia pedersenii Verrill, 1869
Coenopsammia ehrenbergiana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1848
Coenopsammia gaimardi Milne Edwards & haime, 1848
Coenopsammia manni Verrill, 1866
Coenopsammia radiata Verrill, 1864
Coenopsammia tenuilamellosa Milne Edwards & Haime, 1848
Coenopsammia urvillei Milne Edwards & Haime, 1848
Dendrophyllia affinis Duncan, 1889
Dendrophyllia aurantiaca Quoy & Gaimard, 1833
Dendrophyllia manni (Verrill, 1866)
Dendrophyllia surcularis Verrill, 1869
Dendrophyllia turbinata Nemenzo, 1960
Lobopsammia aurea Quoy & Gaimard, 1833
Pachypsammia valida Verrill, 1866
Placopsammia darwini Duncan, 1876
Tubastaea coccinea Lesson, 1830
Tubastraea aurea (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833)
Tubastrea aurea (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833)

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Scleractinia (Order) > Dendrophylliidae (Family) > Tubastraea (Genus) > Tubastraea coccinea (Species)

External links

  1. Flickr, Jean-Marie Gradot (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. PDF 13,2 MB (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Pflege von Tubastrea, Stephan Philipp (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. Watch Tubastrea Larvae Escape Its Parent Coral by the Tentacle (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



Tubastraea coccinea , Orange cup coral, 2018
Gelbe Kelchkoralle (Tubastraea coccinea)
Gelbe Kelchkoralle (Tubastraea coccinea)
Foto: Galapagos Inseln
Tubastraea coccinea (c) by Alexander Semenov
Tubastraea coccinea (c) by Alexander Semenov
© Anne Frijsinger & Mat Vestjens, Holland
© Anne Frijsinger & Mat Vestjens, Holland

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am 09.11.06#1
Habe eine stattliche Kollonie heran gezogen , ob ihrs glaubt oder nicht aus einen winzigen Polypen ! Ja das macht die gute Fütterung , siehe Bericht Tubastrea diaphana .
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