Oculina varicosais commonly referred to as Fused ivory tree coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 500 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The offspring of Oculina varicosa are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Oculina varicosa, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Oculina varicosa, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Colonies may be zooxanthellate or azooxanthellate depending on light availability. Azooxanthellate colonies form extensive banks while zooxanthellate colonies form clumps of tapered fused branches less than 0.5 metres across. Corallites are exsert, 2-3 millimetres diameter. Septa are in three cycles.
Colour: Tan, lavender, or dark brown.
Habitat: Zooxanthellate colonies occur in protected environments as little as 5 metres deep.
Similar species: Oculina diffusa , Oculina valenciennesi
Text source: Corals of the world by J.E.N. Charlie Veron