species: Coscinaraea columna in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Coscinaraea columna

©Anne Hoggett: Coscinaraea columna at North Direction Island near Lizard Island. Despite its name, this species does not form columnar colonies (Veron, 2000).

©Anne Hoggett: Coscinaraea columna colony detail, North Direction Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Coscinaraea columna colony on exposed reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Coscinaraeidae
Genus Coscinaraea
Species Coscinaraea columna
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Veron, J.E.N. (2000). Corals of the World: Volume 2 Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1982). Regional variation in shade-dwelling coral assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef Province, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 7: 117-123. LIRS catalog number 70.
  • 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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