species: Turbinaria ornata in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Turbinaria ornata

©Anne Hoggett: Turbinaria ornata at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Turbinaria ornata on the reef flat at Coconut Beach, January 2016.
Kingdom Chromista
Phylum Ochrophyta
Class Phaeophyceae
Order Fucales
Family Sargassaceae
Genus Turbinaria
Species Turbinaria ornata



Distinguishing features

Tough, leathery plants up to about 30 cm high, often much shorter, usually brown or green/brown. Holdfast strong and branching. Upright portions have short stalks bearing numerous distinctive flat blades with stiff spines along the margins and an inner crown on the blade.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Littler, D.S. and M.M. Littler (2003). South Pacific Reef Plants: A diver's guide to the plant life of South Pacific coral reefs. Offshore Graphics Inc, Washington DC, USA.

Other references

  • Brandl, S.J., A.S. Hoey and D.R. Bellwood (2013). Micro-topography mediates interactions between corals, algae, and herbivorous fishes on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1110-5. LIRS catalog number 1706.
  • Burdon-Jones, C. and G.R.W. Denton (1981). Metals in marine organisms from the Great Barrier Reef Province. Part 1. Base line survey,Interim Progress Report, James Cook University, Townsville.. LIRS catalog number 69.
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