Stichodactyla haddoni STIHAD-010900-ODEBOB-003
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Breeder ID: STIHAD-010900-ODEBOB-003
Date received: 1/9/00
Identification: Stichodactyla haddoni (Saville-Kent, 1893)
Geographic origin: Indo-Pacific
Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N)
Class: Anthozoa Subclass: Hexacorallia
Description: Slight to deep folded oral disc, 50 cm (reported up to 80 cm) diameter. 1 – 2 cm tentacle-free oral area. Color varies; column yellowish to tan. Tentacles are blunt bulbous or with basal “stalk” at the end; green, yellow, grey, rarely pink. May be variegated.
Lives on or abouve sandy surfaces in shallow waters. Distribution from Fiji, Australia, Mauritius, to Ryukyu Islands.
Duration (yr): 4 years
Size male (?) (mm): 250 – 300 in diameter
Broodstock notes: Solid Lime green coloratiom
Adult diet: Frozen silversides fed weekly
Pre-spawning activity: Column swelled up considerably, lifting the oral disk up and away from it’s usual position against the rocks. Tentacles started to randomly twitch (much like that of S. gigantea)
Time spawning began: 2100 – 2200 hrs
Frequency of spawning: first observed gamete release
Description: milky white substance eminating from mouth
Approximate quantity: once the milky substance entered the water currents it was no longer visible
Transfer / removal method: no
Spawning tank size (liter): 750 (200 gallon) 213 cm L x 61 cm W x 61 cm H (84″ L x 24″ W x 24″ H)
Sides of tank covered? Dark blue
Lighting & photo period: 56 watts actinic blue fluorescent, 0820 – 2230 hours , 112 watts actinic blue fluorescent 0900 – 2220 hours,
192 actinic blue fluorescent 0930 – 2130 hours, 1200 watts MH 6500K 0940 – 2030 hours. Lighting averages 45 cm ( 18″) from surface.
bulbs changed at 12 – 18 month intervals.
Filtration: Large skimmer, live rock, deep sand bed, calcium reactor. Pumping volume ~ 9500 lph ( 2500 gph) equally divied with “wavemaker” Instant Ocean ® ASW changed semi-monthly (volume not indicated)
Water temperature (F): 80 – 81.5
pH: 8.1 – 8.3
Nitrate: not indicated
Original description: First described by Saville-Kent in 1893 as Discosoma haddoni from specimens collected on the northern Great Barrier Reef.
Synonyms: Stoichactis kenti (Friese, 1972; Moyer & Sawyers, 1973). S. gigantea (Friese, 1972), S. haddoni (by
Uchida, et al. 1975, Moyer 1976, Moyer & Steene 1979)
Word origin: The genus Stichodactyla is from the Greek root(s) sticho meaning a row or line; and dactyl meaning a finger or toe. The species hadonni is in honor of Haddon.
Vernacular name: Haddon’s anemone
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