This Pearlberry acroporas are some sober and elegant corals. With the shape of a deep dish and soft colors might seem one more coral in the aquarium; it is not a coral that catches your eye at first glance, but you just have to stop and stare at it for a few seconds to realize it's special.

With round and well shaped corallites, tidy and sufficiently separated conveys a touch of elegance; Greenish pearl tissue (hence its name) with darker polyps, Tips in shades of lavender and a high and open dish-shaped pattern of growth with separate branches.

Acropora Pearlberry

A coveted acropora.

The history of the Pearlberry is quite particular. In the year 2007, ORA Farm starts selling the first specimens of a selection of acropora Desalwii from Australia, that was called ORA Pearlberry. The public soon discovered and appreciated this beautiful specimen and it didn't take long until demand overcame the few available pieces.

One of the lucky ones was Dan Rigley, and probably the person to which we owe the survival of it, since soon after the sales from ORA started off, they lost the mother colony where they obtained their frags for sale. Luckily, Dan, expert SPS's hobbyist and specially acropora enthusiast managed to grow its own Pearlberry and a year later started to share with friends and other hobbyists.

Nowadays ORA has the Pearlberry again in their catalog. Its scarcity makes it a well-known but a rare piece in aquariums. Some time ago a few frags reached Europe and some enthusiasts including myself are the lucky owners, having them among our most valuable specimens.

ORA Pearlberry

Rigley's Pearlberry.

It is known as ORA Pearlberry, but perhaps it would be more correct to call it Rigley's Pearlberry. The main difference with the acropora Desalwii imported from Australia and Indonesia lies in the colour of the less illuminated tissue: in the wild specimens it is light green, while in the Pearlberry it has a grey/bluish hue similar to a pearl.

The tips also tend to be somewhat different since the lavender hue on the Pearlberry tends to be more purple in the wild.

The growth pattern is similar in both cases and much depends on the lighting and water flow in our aquariums.

One of the fastest.

This Desalwii is a fast growing acropora. Possibly one of the fastest among the table shaped ones.

They like to sit on the most bright areas of the reef and render thanks with beautiful colors and pearly hues that have made them so popular. If they don't get enough light, green colour will be more intense and barely develop lavender or violet tips.

Pearlberry frag

It is a common species on the reef crests, where it receives plenty of light and water currents are strong, conditions that you must provide in the aquarium if you want to see it at its maximum splendor.

Therefore in the aquarium, It is advisable to place it in a high spot and leave enough space around. It forms quite thick and intricate ramifications so the area below will receive little light and will be the perfect place to put some LPS with less lighting needs.