Is my scolymia growing a new head ???

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Hey guys, I recently noticed while observing my tank that there is a small Florescent polyp looking thing attached to the side of my warpaint scoly. My first thought was that it was a zoa of some sort, but I realized this thing is way too tiny to be a zoa. Here are some pictures maybe some of the experts can shed some light on what it could be. Thanks in advance !!

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Would be curious to see what others say. Not sure if scolys grow new heads cause wouldn’t it be a branching coral then? Just my thoughts, could be totally wrong. How do scolymias propagate in the wild anyway besides sexual reproduction?
 
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Would be curious to see what others say. Not sure if scolys grow new heads cause wouldn’t it be a branching coral then? Just my thoughts, could be totally wrong. How do scolymias propagate in the wild anyway besides sexual reproduction?
They actually do grow from the sides, I believe they call it budding. They reproduce sexually and asexually
 

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I didn’t think it was a new head, but hey, some scolys are crazy weird and different. Love to follow this to see what it is, any better pics of the smaller polyp?
 
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I didn’t think it was a new head, but hey, some scolys are crazy weird and different. Love to follow this to see what it is, any better pics of the smaller polyp?
I'll try to get some tomorrow when the lights are back on :)
 
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Yeah I did had nem and aiptasia grew on my scoly’s base before. I would say monitor it closely to make sure if it is one. If it is, try to remove it as it will sting the scoly.
I'll definitely keep a close eye on it the coming weeks thank you
 
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Poke it, don't obliterate it lol.
Haha I know but its so tiny its literally the same size as the tip of a ball point pen. I'm gonna see if it retracts when I poke it, although I'm not sure exactly what I should be looking for by doing that lol.
 
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I found this picture of a croc island scoly growing a new one, but this one i notice the new polyp flesh attached to mother scoly.
 

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