Walking Dendro - Heteropsammia cochlea
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The Walking Dendro is very new to the aquarium trade - only a few have every made it into the hobby so far. It resembles Whisker Corals (Dendrophyllia sp.) and Cup Corals (Balanophyllia sp.) but is actually a very different coral. The coral itself grows on one single head like the Cup Corals but is photosynthetic as opposed to the other two corals mentioned. It grows around a hole in its base where a worm species takes up residence. This worm gives the coral its "walking reputation" - as the worm moves around the tank, it takes the coral with it. The coral can however survive without its worm "transportation".
For more information on this unique coral, visit That Fish Blog for the species profile article, "Heteropsammia cochlea - Fascinating Walking Dendros Worming their way into Reef Aquariums."
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|Common Name||Walking Dendro|
|Scientific Name||Heteropsammia cochlea|
|Water Movement||Low to Moderate|
|Light Intensity||Moderate to High|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
|Water Hardness||8-12 dKH|
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