species: Lobophyllia hemprichii in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lobophyllia hemprichii

©Andy Lewis: A specimen of Lobophyllia hemprichii at Lizard Island showing the typical massive growth form. Identified by Dr Andy Lewis.

©Andy Lewis: A specimen of Lobophyllia hemprichii at Lizard Island showing some damage to the colony. Identified by Dr Andy Lewis.

©Anne Hoggett: A small colony of Lobophyllia hemprichii at Bommie Bay, Lizard Island. Identified by Grace Frank.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Lobophylliidae
Genus Lobophyllia
Species Lobophyllia hemprichii
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

A coral with an encrusting to massive growth form, reaching large sizes up to 5m. Corallites are round and phaceloid to flabello-meandroid, with thick walls and long septal teeth. Colour is highly variable but all corallites in a colony have the same colour(s). Retracted polyps are thick and fleshy and may have smooth or rough mantles (Corals of the World - link below)


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Upper reef slopes.

Can be found in most habitats around Lizard Island.


L. hemprichii is a hermaphroditic broadcast spawner.

Web resources


  • Babcock, R.C., G.D. Bull, P.L. Harrison, A.J. Heyward, J.K. Oliver, C.C. Wallace and B.L. Willis (1986). Synchronous spawnings of 105 scleractinian coral species on the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Biology, 90: 379-394. LIRS catalog number 300.
  • Baird, A.H., J.R. Guest and B.L. Willis (2009). Systematic and biogeographical patterns in the reproductive biology of scleractinian corals, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 40: 551-571.
  • Berumen, M.L. (2000). Influence of diet and habitat on the condition of butterflyfish, M.Sc. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 719.
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