species: Zoanthus sansibaricus in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Zoanthus sansibaricus


©Alexander Semenov: Zoanthus sansibaricus from the slope of MacGillivray Reef.

©Anne Hoggett: Zoanthus sansibaricus on the reef slope off Bird Islet, Lizard Island. Polyps are about 1 cm diameter.

©Anne Hoggett: Zoanthus sansibaricus on the reef slope off Bird Islet, Lizard Island. Polyps are about 1 cm diameter.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Zoantharia
Family Zoanthidae
Genus Zoanthus
Species Zoanthus sansibaricus

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Distinguishing features

Brightly coloured polyps (usually green at Lizard Island) that feel smooth as they do not incorporate sand into the tissues like Palythoa. This genus is taxonomically confused and requires revision.

Size

  • Up to 1.3 cm (Polyp diameter)

Synonyms

Distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Rowlett, J. (2020). Indo-Pacific Corals. 807 pp. Joe Rowlett, Chicago, USA. ISBN: 9798686565975. LIRS catalog number 90393.