species: Palythoa mutuki in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Palythoa mutuki
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Zoantharia
Family Sphenopidae
Genus Palythoa
Species Palythoa mutuki

Distinguishing features

Restricted to the intertidal (Ryland and Lancaster, 2003).


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Ryland, J.S. and J.E. Lancaster (2003). Revision of methods for separating species of Protopalythoa (Hexacorallia:Zoanthidea) in the tropical West Pacific. Invertebrate Systematics, 17: 407-428. LIRS catalog number 90300.

Other references

  • Burnett, J.A.H. Benzie, J.A. Beardmore and J.S. Ryland, W.J. (1997). Zoanthids (Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) from the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia: systematics, evolution and a key to species. Coral Reefs, 16: 55-68. LIRS catalog number 90372.
  • Reimer, J.D., K. Takishita, S. Ono and T. Maruyama (2007). Diversity and evolution in the zoanthid genus Palythoa (Cnidaria: Hexacorallia) based on nuclear ITS-rDNA, Coral Reefs, 26: 399-410. LIRS catalog number 90299.