Route Edition - Limited Edition - Route 66 Marine

Route Edition LE
R66 Moldy Grapes Tenuis
Acropora tenuis
Original from Route 66 Marine
Established March 31st 2015

RE - R66 Moldy Grapes Tenuis - Limited Edition
R66 Moldy Grapes Tenuis Route Edition Route 66 Marine Seed Colony Closeup Image.
Only a Strange Name Could Describe this Strange Looking Coral Pigmentation Pattern.
Flared Radial and Tubular Axial Corallites are a Bright Medium Fluorecent Green.
Some Patches of Corallite Areas Develop an Unusual Moldy Blue Pigmentation Pattern.
Polyps are Colored Dark Blue and Could be Source of the Blue Mold Pigmentation.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

Moldy Grapes Tenuis was just the first name Reeffarmers came up with when first looking at this amazingly odd Acropora tenuis. And that name does accurately describe this unusual looking coral. Branches have bright medium green corallites that oddly develop patches of dark blue pigmentation in certain areas. Polyps also have the same dark blue pigmentation.

Reeffarmers found two colonies of the R66 Moldy Grapes Tenuis at the Route 66 Marine facility in Southern California. One of those seed colonies is imaged above. Reeffarmers believes that the blue mold branch pigments are actually caused by the corals blue pigments. It is possible that the polyps could be contact grafting the pigments onto the branches.

Reeffarmers is currently maintaining a seed section of this coral in a 8 foot Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. None of the two parent colonies of these corals are known to have made it out of Route 66 Marine before the closing. Because they had two colonies we are assuming that at least a few of these fragments were possibly sold. There is no surviving parent colony.

Our 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 weak water current. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold at Reef Currents 2015 to Zach MacDonald. Suggested list price on March 31st 2015 was $140 for a small fragment.

R66 Moldy Grapes Tenuis LE - copyright Reeffarmers and Route 66 Marine on March 31st 2015

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