genus: Melithaea in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Malacalcyonacea
Family Melithaeidae
Genus Melithaea

Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Distribution and habitat preferences

Exposed sites with good current flow, such as reef fronts and passes.

Can be found in most reef habitats around Lizard Island.

Web resources


  • Dai, C.-F. and M.-C. Lin (1993). The effects of flow on feeding of three gorgonians from southern Taiwan, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 173: 57-69.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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