Soft Coral Species Pictures, Photos and Images. Browse this large collection of soft coral photos to view pictures and identify Subclass Octocorallia members that are commonly kept in reef aquariums, such as Colt, Leather, and Pulse/Xenia Corals, Mushrooms/Disk Anemones, Star/Daisy and Clove/Glove Polyps, Zoanthids, Gorgonians, Sea Fans, and many others. Soft Coral Species Pictures, Photos and Images.
Found only in deeper water, the Black Coral (Antipathes sp,) is rarely seen in aquariums. Some Black Coral species are highly sought after in the jewelry trade.
Popular soft corals kept by beginning reefers, here is a collection of Family Alcyoniidae - Genera Alcyonium, Cladiella, Lobophytum, Sarcophyton, and Sinularia photos. These are species commonly named Colt - Devil's Hand - Toadstool - and Finger, Encrusting, Lobed, Knobby, Flexible, Flat, Trough, Cabbage, Mushroom Leather Corals.
Species of these families are most commonly called Mushroom Corals or Disc Anemones, but have other names like Giant Cup, Elephant Ear, Hairy, Frilly, Spotted, Speckled, Metallic, Fluorescent, Umbrella, Warty, Forked Tentacle, and Ricordea. With many colors to choose from, being solid or multi-colored, spotted, striped, or textured, and because they are easy to care for, one can see why these corals are amoungst the most popular with reef aquarists.
The subclass Octocorallia include some of the most colorful corals in the ocean.
Referred to as Pulse corals in general, here is a collection of soft Family Xeniidae - Genera Anthelia, Cespitularia, Efflatounaria, Heteroxenia, and Xenia photos and pictures. These are species commonly named Pulsing, Waving Hand, Glove, and Pom Pom Xenia Coral.
Commonly named Star, Green Star and Daisy Polyps, here is a collection of Genus Pachyclavularia coral photos and pictures. Very familiar reef aquarium species of the Tubiporidae family, these soft corals are often misidentified as Family Clavulariidae, Genus Clavularia species known as Clove or Glove Polyps.