species: Cycloseris fragilis in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cycloseris fragilis


©Anne Hoggett: Cycloseris fragilis about 4 cm diameter at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Underside of Cycloseris fragilis about 4 cm diameter at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Two Cycloseris fragilis individuals in position as found at base of reef slope sheltered by dead coral. The larger specimen is about 4 cm diameter.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Fungiidae
Genus Cycloseris
Species Cycloseris fragilis

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Distinguishing features

Thin, flat corals that are not attached to the substrate, irregular outlines, up to 7 cm across, often comprised of several segments that easily break apart.

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Apparently rare but may just be overlooked.

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World: Volume 2 Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Fisk, D.A. (1983). Free-living corals: distributions according to plant cover, sediments, hydrodynamics, depth and biological factors, Marine Biology, 74: 287-294. LIRS catalog number 107.