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

©Anne Hoggett: Cavernularia sp. protruding 12 to 15 cm above the sand surface, 23 metres depth off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island. Thanks to Joe Rowlett for the likely genus-level id.

©Anne Hoggett: Polyps of Cavernularia sp., Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Colony detail of Cavernularia sp., Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Octocorallia
Order Scleralcyonaceae
Family Veretillidae
Genus Cavernularia
Species Cavernularia sp.



Distinguishing features

Cylindrical colony partially buried in sand, not contractile. Polyps with long bodies, not contractile.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Soft bottom habitat away from reefs is not often visited, but even so it is rarely seen.

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