Birds Nest (Seriatopora spp)

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The Bird's Nest Coral Seriatopora is not only very attractive, but in nature it also becomes the permanent residence of small crabs & Invertabrates. Several species of crabs can modify...
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The Bird's Nest Coral

Seriatopora is not only very attractive, but in nature it also becomes the permanent residence of small crabs & Invertabrates. Several species of crabs can modify the shape of the species in the Seriatopora and some other types of corals.

A gall-forming crab called Hapalocarcinus marsupialis is one factor in the growth formation of the Seriatopora . The female crab will influence the growth of the thin branches to form a cage that permanently encloses her. The male crab, who is much smaller, can enter into the cage and mate with her. Thus the female spends her entire life in a self-imposed, producing broods of larvae within her protective coral cage.

The Seriatopora has many species within salt water marine reef tank yet the most popular are the Bird's Nest Coral S. hystrix and the Bush Coral S. caliendrum. They are both found under the common name Bird's Nest, but it is actually quite easy to tell them apart. S. hystrix has thinner branches that taper to a point, and are usually pink, blue or cream. S. caliendrum have thicker branches and they don't taper but are blunt, and are usually cream, brown or green in color.

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