species: Culicia sp in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Culicia sp


©Anne Hoggett: Culicia sp on the ceiling of a cavern at South Island, Lizard Island Group. The largest polyp is less than 4 mm diameter.

©Anne Hoggett: Culicia sp on the ceiling of a cavern at South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Culicia sp on the ceiling of a cavern at South Island, Lizard Island Group. Note the well-developed epitheca surrounding the corallite.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Rhizangiidae
Genus Culicia
Species Culicia sp

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Distinguishing features

Small (2-4 mm) individual polyps with a distinctive epitheca surrounding the corallite. Groups of polyps are found in groups in caves and dark overhangs.

This appears to be the first record of the genus from the GBR between Lady Musgrave Island and Torres Strait (Atlas of Living Australia accessed 15 Nov 2020). Those specimens were identifed as Culicia tenella.

Size

  • Up to 0.4 cm (Diameter of corallum)

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Distribution

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References

References that assist with identification

  • Rowlett, J. (2020). Indo-Pacific Corals. 807 pp. Joe Rowlett, Chicago, USA. ISBN: 9798686565975. LIRS catalog number 90393.