Stinging hydroid (species: Macrorhynchia philippina) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Macrorhynchia philippina
Stinging hydroid

©Anne Hoggett: Macrorhynchia philippina at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Stinging hydroid, Macrorhynchia philippina, at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hydrozoa
Order Leptothecata
Family Aglaopheniidae
Genus Macrorhynchia
Species Macrorhynchia philippina



Distinguishing features

Bush-like shape with delicate white feather-like branches,


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common

Web resources


  • significant discomfort - Contact causes a painful sting.


  • Allen, G.R. and R. Steene (1994). Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide Tropical Reef Research, Singapore. ISBN: 981-00-5687-7.
  • Mather, P. and I. Bennett (1993). A Coral Reef Handbook: A guide to the geology, flora and fauna of the Great Barrier Reef Surrey Beatty and Sons Pty Ltd, Chipping Norton NSW. ISBN: 0-949324-47-7.