WYSIWYG, Green button Protopalytha, Moon paly, button polyp. Great beginner coral.
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The Green Button Polyps Protopalythoa mutuki have similar characteristics to the Venus flytrap. They have mostly a green coloration, though they can have a little brown in them. Their mouth is mouth white and they have long tapering tentacles. It not only looks very similar, but it acts in the same way as the Venus flytrap. It uses its long sinuous tentacles to grab and close around prey. The Protopalythoa is a really interesting genus, with several species that have different requirements, yet they are all very adaptive.
Whether these are Protopalythoa genus or the Palythoa genus is in a state of confusion. At one point these were members of the Palythoa genus, but then they were distinguished by their growth form and placed in the Protopalythoa genus. However, some experts again consider this genus to be part of the Palythoa genus. Which genus the scientific community as a whole ultimately settles on is yet to be seen.
What mades the Protopalythoa genus unique is that they most often grow as solitary polyps, though often in small tightly clustered groups. The Palythoa sp. have been distinguished by polyps that are connected through a mat, called the coenenchyma. The Paly's incorporate bits of sand or sediment into the mat giving the colony the appearance of a half moon large coral. The polyps of the Protopalythoa sp. are not usually embedded in the base of a mat. They are also larger, and generally have more tentacles around the rim of their oral disc than the Palythoa species as well.
The Green Button Polyps are easy to care for as long as they have proper lighting and water flow, and adequate nutrition. They are found in the Pacific Ocean where they inhabit intertidal rocky shores and reef flats. Lighting that is too intense is not to their liking. They can have a little brown in them and turn tan to brown if the lighting is too strong. Place them at the bottom of the aquarium for lower light. They catch prey from the water column so need a medium current, too strong a water flow will make it very hard for them to feed.
At times they close up for several days to shed mucus, which is thought to help rid the zoanthid of sediment and algae. Green Button Polyps can also take about a week to adjust and open in a new tank. Filamentous algae can be a problem, as it can smother them. As with most zoanthids, mushroom anemones should not be placed nearby.
The Protopalythoa sp. are recommended as a beginner's coral, but with some caution. Protopalythoa produce palytoxin, one of the most potent poisons known to science. For this reason one should take care when handling them. Don't handle them if you have cuts or open wounds and make sure to clean your hands after handling.
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