species: Millepora intricata in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Millepora intricata

©Anne Hoggett: Millepora intricata on the reef slope off Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group. Identified by Dr Zoe Richards.

©Lyle Vail: Millepora intricata in the Lizard Island lagoon off Palfrey Island. Photo identified by Dr Zoe Richards.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hydrozoa
Order Anthoathecata
Family Milleporidae
Genus Millepora
Species Millepora intricata



Distinguishing features

Branching colonies. "The lower parts never unite into a plate; branches subcylindrical; growing in all directions; continuously dichotomous; the upper edges with tapering tips" (Razak and Hoeksema, 2003).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Millepora intricata is a dominant species in the lagoon according to Dr Zoe Richards.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Razak, T.B. and B.W. Hoeksema (2003). The hydrocoral genus Millepora (Hydrozoa: Capitata: Milleporidae) in Indonesia. Zool. Verh. Leiden, 345: 313-336. LIRS catalog number 90297.