species: Rhytisma sp. in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Rhytisma sp.

©Stefano Borghi: Rhytisma sp. at Mermaid Cove, Lizard Island.

©Stefano Borghi: Rhytisma sp. at Mermaid Cove, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Malacalcyonacea
Family Lemnaliidae
Genus Rhytisma
Species Rhytisma sp.

Distinguishing features

Colonies are thin, encrusting mats or ribbons with large spindle-shaped sclerites that often surround individual polyps. Polyps are retractile.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Fabricius, K. and P. Alderslade (2001). Soft corals and sea fans: A comprehensive guide to the tropical shallow water genera of the central-west Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea Australian Institute of Marine Science and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Australia.