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Mushroom Leather Coral
(Sarcophyton spp.)

Sarcophyton spp.

Alternative species (click on the thumbnail to see the card)

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Scientific name
Sarcophyton spp.

Common name
Mushroom Leather Coral


what are its countries of origin?

Origin: South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea


quel type de corail ?

Kind: Soft coral
Form: trunk surmounted by a polypier. The color ranges from brown or beige, sometimes green.





what is the minimum volume for this species?

200 L / 44 Imp gal / 53 US gal


what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this coral?

T°: 23 to 28°C or 73 to 82°F
pH: 8 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1028





what is the maximum size of this coral?

up to 60 cm (24")





what brightness is needed?






How to feed the Mushroom Leather Coral?


How to feed the Mushroom Leather Coral?

Leather coral feeds essentially with the help of micro algae that develop within it: zooxanthellae. The algae use light to grow and are therefore a natural food source for the coral. Occasionally, you can feed plankton or artemia nauplia with a pipette but this is not essential.


Who can live with the Mushroom Leather Coral?


Who can live with the Mushroom Leather Coral?

Leather coral is poisonous to hard corals which should be avoided in close proximity.


How to breed the Mushroom Leather Coral?


How to breed the Mushroom Leather Coral?

The breeding of this invertebrate does not pose any difficulty. It is done by dividing a part of the colony (use a razor blade and install the detached part on a clean rock) or by cutting (collect the rejects at the base of the foot). Generally speaking, corals of this species grow easily in aquariums and you can expect to have a nice extension of your colony starting from a single foot.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Mushroom Leather Coral?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Mushroom Leather Coral?

This coral will appreciate moderate to strong lighting (with HQI lighting, it's even better!) because it lives naturally in well-lit shallow waters. The current must be moderate (a current too weak or too strong constantly retracts the polyps). Therefore, it will find its place in the middle part of the aquarium, where the light is well present and the mixing moderate.

Given its size, an aquarium of at least 200 liters / 44 Imp Gal / 53 US Gal should be considered.

Good To know

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Good To know

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Very robust, this coral is tolerant of water quality in its environment (within reasonable limits) as long as it does not vary constantly. It can therefore be proposed to aquarists who are new to marine aquariums.

It is a demonstrative coral in the sense that it will show you its dissatisfaction by turning in on itself at the slightest deviation of maintenance. Fortunately, in most cases, it recovers in a few days from its misadventure.


This coral moults very regularly, which can manifest itself by the retraction of polyps. If the coral remains contracted for too long and without further explanation (test the parameters) it may be that it has difficulty finishing its moult: direct the stirring a little more towards it to help it get rid of the waxy film it has produced.

Depending on the species and the region where it develops, Sarcophyton polyps can be long or short, few or quite dense. Here is the list of the species recognized among the Sarcophyton:

  • Sarcophyton aalbersbergi

  • Sarcophyton acutangulum

  • Sarcophyton acutum

  • Sarcophyton agaricum

  • Sarcophyton aldersladei

  • Sarcophyton alexanderi

  • Sarcophyton auritum

  • Sarcophyton birkelandi

  • Sarcophyton boettgeri

  • Sarcophyton boletiforme

  • Sarcophyton buitendijki

  • Sarcophyton cherbonnieri

  • Sarcophyton cinereum

  • Sarcophyton contortum

  • Sarcophyton cornispiculatum

  • Sarcophyton crassocaule

  • Sarcophyton crassum

  • Sarcophyton digitatum

  • Sarcophyton ehrenbergi

  • Sarcophyton elegans

  • Sarcophyton expandum

  • Sarcophyton flexuosum

  • Sarcophyton furcatum

  • Sarcophyton gemmatum

  • Sarcophyton glaucum

  • Sarcophyton griffini

  • Sarcophyton infundibuliforme

  • Sarcophyton latum

  • Sarcophyton mililatensis

  • Sarcophyton minusculum

  • Sarcophyton nanwanensis

  • Sarcophyton nigrum

  • Sarcophyton pauciplicatum

  • Sarcophyton portentosum

  • Sarcophyton pulchellum

  • Sarcophyton regulare

  • Sarcophyton roseum

  • Sarcophyton serenei

  • Sarcophyton skeltoni

  • Sarcophyton soapiae

  • Sarcophyton solidum

  • Sarcophyton spinospiculatum

  • Sarcophyton spongiosum

  • Sarcophyton stellatum

  • Sarcophyton stolidotum

  • Sarcophyton subviride

  • Sarcophyton tenuispiculatum

  • Sarcophyton tortuosum

  • Sarcophyton trocheliophorum

  • Sarcophyton tumulosum

  • Sarcophyton turschi

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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