Route Edition - Exclusive Edition - Route 66 Marine

Route Edition EE
R66 Crown Watermelon
Acropora sp.
Original from Route 66 Marine
Established April 7th 2015

RE - R66 Crown Watermelon Acropora - Exclusive Edition
R66 Crown Watermelon Route Edition Route 66 Marine Seed Colony Closeup Image.
A Watermelon Colored Morph of the Very Unusual Crown Lemonade Acro from Australia.
Branch End Axials are Colored Bright Red Pink as are Radial Corallite Walls.
Branch Stems are Watermelon Green with Some Areas of Red Pink Pigments.
Polyp Tentacles are Bright White with a Pigment Patterned Center Polyp.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

In the fall of 2014 Reeffarmers received images of a very unusual Acropora coral that had been exported from Australia and imported through Germany to Italy. Alvaro Acierno in Italy wanted to know if we could identify his unusual species. We had no clue and had never seen a coral shaped this way. We suggested calling it Alvaro's Crown and eventually Alvaro settled on the name Crown Lemonade. His coral was colored yellow with pink tips and had been exported as a Strawberry Lemonade (see image below). This was obviously not the normal Strawberry Lemonade.

Reeffarmers then saw the same species at Route 66 Marine in February 2015. It had also been exported from Australia, but the coloration pattern was different. The Route version had bright red pink axial corallite tips and bright red pink radial corallites. Branch stems were not yellow, but they were a watermelon green. Alvaro suggested the name watermelon so we decided to call this coral the Crown Watermelon. Polyps have bright white tentacles and a patterned center polyp area.

As of early April 2015, there are three known surviving colonies of the Crown Acropora in Europe. Alvaro Acierno in Italy has the Crown Lemonade Acropora and there is a second colony of that Crown morph in Europe. Also Claude Schuhmacher of Germany has a different Crown morph that is colored Blue Purple. Apparently these corals are found in Australia GBR at 20 to 25 meter depths and Alvaro recommends moderate to weak light. Some people have bleached out the coral under 400 watt halides and strong LED lights. Alvaro recommends T5 lighting and calls the coral a medium deep water. Reeffarmers thinks it can be adapted to moderate to strong light over a period of time.

Reeffarmers is maintaining a seed section of this coral in a 8 foot Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. This system is naturally filtered with a semi-cryptic zone and a reef flat exposed zone. In this captive reef the coral is positioned to receive moderate light and moderate to strong water current. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold privately to Dennis Sandoval. Suggested list price on April 7th 2015 is $185 for a small fragment. Please note we have upgraded this coral to an Exclusive Edition since Route 66 Marine lost the colony due to an accident. As of may 22nd there are only two known surviving fragments besides the Reeffarmers seed. The second edition was sent to Bruce Sliddal.

Crown Lemonade Fresh Arrival from Australia to Italy with Bleaching Stress Colony Image.
Australian Colonies Frequently Experience Stress Bleaching Due to Shipping to Europe.
This Image However Shows the Very Unique Growth Formation of the Aussie Crown Acropora.
Abnormally Thick Encrusting Base with Vertical Thick Spire Branches Develop the Basic Crown Look.
Corallites Located on Branch Stems are Immersed While Near Tip They Form Very Elongated Tubes.
Very Blue Image was PhotoShop Auto Leveled. Alvaro has Fully Recovered this Coral from Bleaching.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Alvaro Acierno All Rights Reserved.

An Australia Strawberry Lemonade Freshly Arrived to Italy Colony Image.
This Slightly Bleached Coral Colony Shows the Typical Growth Formation.
Fairly Obvious this is Not the Same as Crown Corals with Respect to Growth Morphology.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Alvaro Acierno All Rights Reserved.

Alvaro Acierno Crown Lemonade Colony New Growth Image.
This New Growth Section Sprung Out of the Thick Cut Plate Side Wall.
Radial Corallites are Not Elongated Flutes Like Strawberry Lemonade.
They are More Immersed and Axials are Much Longer then Strawberry.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Alvaro Acierno All Rights Reserved.
R66 Crown Watermelon EE - copyright Reeffarmers and Route 66 Marine on April 7th 2015
Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

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