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

©Anne Hoggett: Alveopora spongiosa on the reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Expanded polyps of Alveopora spongiosa, reef slope off South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Alveopora spongiosa at No Name Reef near Lizard Island. Colony is about 1 metre across.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Acroporidae
Genus Alveopora
Species Alveopora spongiosa



Distinguishing features

Colonies have the appearance of molten lava, flowing over the substrate with thick, rounded edges. Polyps have 12 short, neat tentacles and are usually expanded day and night.


  • 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 3 Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.