Unique Coral IDs vs. Common Names

Unique Coral IDs & Clones

Dealers and breeders like to give their specially colored animals sonorous names. This is for recognition, because one species can come in different color morphs. But of course, marketing also plays a big role. Some color morphs are unique and are traded very expensive, so it is important from the collectors of corals that the origin of such an animal is exactly provable. Here the coral must be an offshoot of the eponymous animal. A good example here is the Big R Walt Disney. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful morphs of Acropora tenuis. Since offshoots of this coral are traded at very high prices, it is essential that all offshoots are attributable to the original mother animal.

Walt Disney
Big R Walt Disney
Acropora Tricolor

Common Names & Look’A’Likes

With other corals this is not seen so closely. Here the names often refer only to a certain color morph of a species. So the name Bali Shorty means a reddish Acropora latistella with yellow or green tips, which originates from Indonesia. Also, the Australian namesake, the Strawberry Shortcake, refers to a common Acropora microclados with the characteristic green-pink color scheme.

Naming corals from other farmers & solving possible conflicts

Every author is free to add any coral, also corals that have been introduced by other farms. This will speed up the process of filling the coral list. Let’s assume there is an author called ‘Magic Mikes Corals’ and he adds a coral from the farmer ‘Fabulous Frank’ named ‘FF Fluffmonster’ he also reproduces in his tank. Then Mike will be listed as author and get the credits for the photos, as long he is the rights holder of the photos. 

Now Frank joins Coral-ID.org as an author and gets mad for some of his corals listed by other authors. In this case our suggestion is to write us an email and claiming the corals belonging to him. We will have a look and set Frank as author for his corals. So he will appear in the short bio shown under the coral detail. But to honor the effort of Mike, adding the coral to Coral-ID.com, Mike will stay in the credits for the photos.