species: Unidentified nephtheid sp 2 in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Unidentified nephtheid sp 2


©Anne Hoggett: Unidentified nephtheid sp 2 colony about 15 cm high at North Direction Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Detail of Unidentified nephtheid sp 2 at North Direction Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Detail of Unidentified nephtheid sp 2 at North Direction Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Alcyonacea
Family Nephtheidae
Species Unidentified nephtheid sp 2

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Distinguishing features

Small colony with many short branches, very spiky to the touch.

Phil Alderslade noted: "That's a weirdo, Anne! Growth form is very odd. It looks like it's trying to be a Dendronephthya, but the polyp arrangement is not quite right. Also, the surface of the branches is not translucent. There should be big sclerites visible there. It actually looks a nephtheid in symbiosis with a sponge." (iNaturalist, 9 Dec 2019)

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