species: Sandalolitha robusta in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sandalolitha robusta

©Anne Hoggett: Sandalolitha robusta colony about 30 cm long at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Corallite detail of Sandalolitha robusta at Lizard Island. Note corallites are numerous and face outwards, septae of similar height. Enlarge to see two Ophiotrichidae brittlestars on the coral surface.

©Anne Hoggett: Sandalolitha robusta about 20 cm long on the reef flat, Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Fungiidae
Genus Sandalolitha
Species Sandalolitha robusta
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Colonies are free-living, heavily-constructed domes that are circular to oval in outline. There is no central furrow and the many corallites face outwards. Septae are are of fairly uniform height and polyps are not extended during the day. (Veron, 2000)


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common

Web resources


References that assist with identification

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

Other references

  • Berumen, M.L. (2000). Influence of diet and habitat on the condition of butterflyfish, M.Sc. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 719.
  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1983). Shade-dwelling corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 10: 173-185. LIRS catalog number 157.
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