species: Unidentified plexaurid sp 1 in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Unidentified plexaurid sp 1


©Anne Hoggett: Unidentified plexaurid sp 1 at North Point, Lizard Island, 29 Dec 2019.

©Anne Hoggett: Unidentified plexaurid sp 1 at North Point, Lizard Island, 29 Dec 2019.

©Anne Hoggett: Unidentified plexaurid sp 1 at North Point, Lizard Island, 29 Dec 2019.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Alcyonacea
Family Plexauridae
Species Unidentified plexaurid sp 1

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Photos taken 29 Dec 2019 were identified by Dr Phil Alderslade through iNaturalist, who said (1 Jan 2020): "Unfortunately the focus is not quite sharp enough to see the detail needed. I can say without doubt it's not a Euplexaura. For a start it has definite calyces. I think it is part of a confused group that I and others have been investigating that includes taxa from such genera as Pseudothesea, Paracis, and the Pacific versions of Paramuricea and Placogorgia, I can see enough to say it has sclerites in the calyces, up to 4-5 series it seems, that have a distal flat point or blade. But I can't quite determine the form of the sclerites on the branch surface. I could hazard a guess and say Placogorgia, for example, but it could end up being research grade, which would not be of much benefit. So best left at Family level I think."

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