Rare Zoanthids

26 June

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Purple People Eater (PPE)

Purple People Eater (a.k.a. PPE) is probably one of the most famous named palythoa/zoa if not THE most famous coral in the zoas market. You can probably say PPE’s are what started the whole zoanthid naming fad as well as helping push collectors and reefers to sell and charge outrageous prices for zoas and palys by the polyp.

Purple People Eater PPE
Despite it being one of the plainer morphs compared to some of the more recent discoveries, this giant polyp palythoa (or zoa) commands attention in private tanks and is often sought after by zoa collectors.

You can note its distinctive features by its size, the neon green skirts, the deep purple colored plate and its distinctive neon green mouth which is now grouped as the “People Eaters” feature.

The origin of PPE’s came from Blane Perun’s online store Farms of the Sea where he describes the PPE’s in more detail.

I obtained this colony by chance in or around 2001. In addition I have a matching zoanthids colony, as to where I believe this to be Palythoa or Protopalythoa. After about 1 year the specimen began coloring up and I sold off about 15 fragments for $25-$35 bucks each,ironically most of these people complained about the piece when they got it. The colony at that time still was not mature, not reaching it’s full beauty. The following year I sold propagation’s for about $40 bucks and people were outraged, So I stopped but soon saw them selling on ebay for about $200.

Although the original high listing price was set to help a charity, it inadvertently set the status for this morph and helped set the precedent for high prices for reefers who desperately wanted this paly. PPE’s slow growth also contributed to its inability to meet demand, thus continuing the high price points which are often found on the Internet for collectors who simply MUST own a frag of this morph.

PPE paly
So what are your thoughts on this matter? Is the PPE worth it?

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  • Nkd5025

    I’ve got a small colony of the Joker Paly which look amazing. I can’t wait to see what it looks like once the colony is larger and more mature.

  • Rschris

    I have some True PPES and said to of come from BP him self, the person i got mine frome got one frome Ebay charity from BP.
    I have had mine for a long time and do sell frags.
    Like to more email me at rschris@yahoo.com

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