species: Pteroeides sp. in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pteroeides sp.

©Anne Hoggett: Pteroeides sp. 40 cm high off South Island, Lizard island

©Anne Hoggett: Feeding polyps exposed on the polyp leaves of the South Island Pteroeides specimen

©Anne Hoggett: Pteroeides sp, about 20 cm, bent as found (no current), off Pidgin Point, Lizard Island about 24 m depth
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleralcyonaceae
Family Pennatulidae
Genus Pteroeides
Species Pteroeides sp.



Distinguishing features

A thick erect rachis with polyps restricted to two series of thick opaque polyp leaves, one on each side of the central shaft. Needle-like sclerites within polyp leaves form strong rays. (All from Williams, 1995)


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon, but off-reef soft-bottom habitat is not often visited.

Web resources


  • Williams, G.C. (1995). Living genera of sea pens (Coelenterata: Octocorallia: Pennatulacea): illustrated key and synopses, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 113: 93-140.
  • Williams, G.C. (2011). The global dversity of sea pens (Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Pennatulacea), PLOS One, 6(7): 1-11.