species: Litophyton sp 2 in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Litophyton sp 2

©Andy Lewis: A colony Litophyton sp 2 at Coconut Beach near Lizard Head.

©Andy Lewis: A colony of Litophyton sp 2 showing polyp clusters on the branch ends
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Octocorallia
Order Malacalcyonacea
Family Nephtheidae
Genus Litophyton
Species Litophyton sp 2



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Distribution and habitat preferences

Sheltered sites with good water movement.

Can be found in most reef habitats around Lizard Island.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Fabricius, K. and P. Alderslade (2001). in: Soft corals and sea fans: a comprehensive guide to the tropical shallow water genera of the central-west Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Other references

  • Fabricius, K.E. (1997). Soft coral abundance on the central Great Barrier Reef: effects of Acanthaster planci, space availability, and aspects of the physical environment, Coral Reefs, 16(3): 159-167.
  • Goulet, T.L., T.C. LaJeunesse and K.E. Fabricius (2008). Symbiont specificity and bleaching susceptibility among soft corals in the 1998 Great Barrier Reef mass coral bleaching event, Marine Biology, 154: 795-804.