• Mycedium, Elephantotus Fancy

Mycedium, Elephantotus Fancy

Product Description

Product Description

The polyps in colonies of Mycedium elephantotus do not have tentacles, instead obtaining food by rapidly engulfing organic matter in a layer of mucus which coats the surface of the colony. The food particles remain tangled in the Ìàmucus net, and are moved passively to the mouths of the polyps using a combination of gravity and water movement. When the net touches the oral discs the mouth becomes exposed, allowing ingestion of the food/mucus package. Like other reef-building corals, Mycedium elephantotus has many microscopic, photosynthetic algae, called zooxanthellae, living within the polyp tissues. The coral and the algae have a mutually beneficial relationship; the coral provides protection for the algae, which in return provide energy and nutrients for the coral through photosynthesis. Both Mycedium elephantotus and its zooxanthellae are very sensitive to changes in water temperature and acidity, and any increase in the water temperature greater than one or two degrees above the normal average can stress the coral and cause Ìàbleaching, a phenomenon in which the coral expels it zooxanthellae and turns white. Mycedium elephantotus has a clear annual reproductive cycle, although timing of the peak spa(more...),,-->

Care Level

Difficult. Not for beginners.