Real or fake?

We divide corals into two categories in terms of naming:
Clone and Look’A’Like.

Walt Disney
Big R Walt Disney


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.

Acropora Tricolor


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.