species: Cynarina lacrymalis in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cynarina lacrymalis

©Anne Hoggett: Cynarina lacrymalis about 5 cm diameter on reef slope between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island group.

©Zoe Richards (Australian Museum): Cynarina lacrymalis at Lizard Island, Queensland

©Anne Hoggett: Cynarina lacrymalis at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Lobophylliidae
Genus Cynarina
Species Cynarina lacrymalis
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Circular or oval with a single central mouth, can be cemented to the reef or free living. Soft translucent tissue is inflated during the day with blade-like, toothed primary septo-costae are clearly visible underneath. Tentacles extended only at night. Colour variable, often greens and browns (Corals of the World Fact Sheet, accessed 19 June 2016).


  • Averaging 5 cm (Diameter)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Dinesen, Z.D. (1983). Shade-dwelling corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 10: 173-185. LIRS catalog number 157.
  • Fisk, D.A. (1983). Free-living corals: distributions according to plant cover, sediments, hydrodynamics, depth and biological factors, Marine Biology, 74: 287-294. LIRS catalog number 107.