species: Physogyra lichtensteini in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Physogyra lichtensteini

©Anne Hoggett: A colony of Physogyra lichtensteini about 60 cm tall at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Part of a colony of Physogyra lichtensteini showing fully expanded vesicles which mask the underlying skeleton structure

©Anne Hoggett: A small colony (30 cm diameter) of Physogyra lichtensteini at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Scleractinia incertae sedis
Genus Physogyra
Species Physogyra lichtensteini
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

Colonies massive or form thick plates. Skeleton obscured by a mass of grape-like vesicles that retract when disturbed. Colour grey or dull green. Tentacles extend between the vesicles at night.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon

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.