species: Tubastraea micranthus in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Tubastraea micranthus

©Lyle Vail: Tubastraea micranthus at Day Reef. Note the two small fish, probably gobies.

©Andy Lewis: Macro image of Tubastraea micranthus showing the typical form of the corallites

©Andy Lewis: A colony of Tubastraea micranthus at Kimuta Island, Lousiade Archipelago, PNG
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Dendrophylliidae
Genus Tubastraea
Species Tubastraea micranthus



Distinguishing features

An azooxanthellate species that forms thickly branched, upright colonies in areas with good current flow. Corallites are large and tubular, and arranged along the branches. Colonies are dark green-black in colour.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Reef fronts, passes, exposed back reef areas.

Can be found in most habitats around Lizard Island with good current flow.


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.
  • Marshall, A.T. (1996). Calcification in hermatypic and ahermatypic corals, Science, 271(5249): 637-639.