Limited Edition
Space Invaders Pectinia

Limited Edition Space Invaders Pectinia Strykers Seed Colony. The Space Invaders
Pectinia from another planet. What a strange shape and exotic coloration.
Brilliant fluorescing forest green and bright golden orange. The morphological
nature of Pectinia corals guarantees each colony will have a unique shape.
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The Space Invaders Pectina is one of the most unique corals in the captive coral market. The Pectinidae corals generally have a smooth skeletal structure composed of thick plates that branch out and end in sharp protrusions. So they can develop very interesting shapes and morphs within captive systems. This Space Invaders Pectinia is one of the most exotically pigmented Pectinia that we have ever seen in captivity. The main surface tissue develops a brilliant fluorescent forest green color. The corallites vary in size, but they are all colored bright golden orange. Some of these corallites can be quite large. Individual pigments appear to exist within large granules or clusters. The overall contrast between the brilliant forest green and bright golden orange can be quite striking.

Reeffarmers acquired our seed of this coral from Terry Nguyen (Stryker). Terry delivered the fragment to Reeffarmers at the 2010 IE-CFM Coral Show. He had originally acquired his seed colony as a fragment from TAT and Chewey at the 2008 Camarillo California Frag Swap. Apparently TAT (TAT Tropical Illusion) was the importer of the original colony. They had distributed at least one fragment to Stryker, but lost their original imported colony a few months later. Stryker has been maintaining the coral in captivity from 2009-2010.

The Space Invaders name was coined by Stryker and the name is partly based on the exotic, from another planet, colors and shape of the coral. This Pectinia coral also has some fairly long tentacles that are extended at night. Thus it can invade the space up to 3 inches away from the colony. The second image below shows those tentacles partly extended on the Reeffarmers seed fragment. Terry recommends low flow where the coral tissue will become puffy. In moderate flow the tissue will contract and the spikey skeleton is more visible.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for in a 130 gallon Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. This system is naturally filtered with a semi-cryptic zone and a reef flat exposed zone. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to receive moderate to weak light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. The price of this coral per small fragment consisting of a single polyp will be determined by the first edition auction below.

Space Invaders Pectinia Colony closeup image taken at 2010 SW-CFM Coral Show.
This closeup image shows how the coral pigments are contained within granules or clusters.
Note how the golden orange corallites contained both yellow golden and golden orange pigments.
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Space Invaders Pectinia Reeffarmers Seed image. Note the tentacles that are partially extended.
This coral needs a 3 inch buffer around it due to these night time tentacles.
The first edition fragment below was cut from this seed using a special angle cut.
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Space Invaders Pectinia Reeffarmers Seed. Images taken right after First Edition was cut.
Image on left 2-3 days after cut. Image taken on September 26th 2010.
Image on right 2 days after image on left. Image taken on September 28th 2010.
Top of this seed was all white after cut with diamond dust dremel saw.
This demonstrates how fast tissue can recover. Also note yellow gold corallite pigments.
They appear to have spread into the new cut area in right image.
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Reeffarmers Actual Space Invaders Pectinia First Edition fragment.
Single Corallite Branch. Physical size was 1/2 x 1/4 inch.
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Space Invaders Pectinia Year 2010 First Edition Silent Auction Closed - Sold
Bid Amount
Name of Bidder
$ 215.00
Hugo Mazariegos - Ghost Corals Winning Bid
$ 205.00
Matt Corbeil Fourth Bid
$ 200.00
Frank McDonald - Great Ocean Wonders Third Bid
$ 185.00
Matt Corbeil Second Bid
$ 175.00
Frank McDonald - Great Ocean Wonders First Bid

For this silent auction, bidders are required to give their full name and their winning bid along with an optional maximum bid. We will accept these bids via phone 909-989-9711. If no one is there leave a message. We also accept bids via email to . Email bids will be processed in order of their time stamp. Reeffarmers will be answering the phone from noon to 8 PM PST on the final auction day. Other days we will tend to be here in the afternoon and evening. Accepted payment for the final winning bidder is paypal. We do not use ebay and left them a few years ago for various reasons that many people now realize. And we also do not trust online automatic payment systems such as shopping carts ever since the old Coral Farmers Market auction site was attacked and hacked. The method we use for this silent auction is safe and secure. Please note - Your full real name will be displayed above. This is so the accuracy of the auction bidding process can be independently confirmed. Steve Tyree with Reeffarmers is the administrator for the auction. Bid increments are $5.00 . Next day shipping charge for this coral is $45.00 (UPS Express Saver). Local pickups have no shipping charge. California residents add 8.75 % sales tax.
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