species: Polyphyllia talpina in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Polyphyllia talpina

©Anne Hoggett: Polyphyllia talpina with tentacles exposed at the lagoon entrance, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Polyphyllia talpina colony about 30 cm long at Lizard Island with tentacles extended.

©Anne Hoggett: Polyphyllia talpina at Lizard Island with tentacles retracted.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Fungiidae
Genus Polyphyllia
Species Polyphyllia talpina



Distinguishing features

Free-living elongate colonies that may become X- or Y-shaped. Tentacles exposed during the day give this coral a hairy appearance.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Polyphyllia novaehiberniae was wrongly listed in LIFG up to 12 Sep 2016. Grace Frank advises that that species is not known from Australia and she has identified the local species as Polyphyllia talpina.

by Anne Hoggett


©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.