species: Lobophora sp. in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lobophora sp.

©Anne Hoggett: Lobophora sp. at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Lobophora sp. at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Chromista
Phylum Ochrophyta
Class Phaeophyceae
Order Dictyotales
Family Dictyotaceae
Genus Lobophora
Species Lobophora sp.

Distinguishing features

Two species of Lobophora have been recorded from the Lizard Island area.

Lobophora abscondita is recently described from New Caledonia. The Lizard Island record by Georgina Nicholson is based on microscopic characters.

Lobophora variegata is likely misapplied to Indo-Pacific specimens according to Vieira et al (2014). Those authors found extraordinary diversity within the genus at nearby New Caledonia using molecular techniques, recognising four existing species (none of which were L. variegata, which is likely restricted to the Caribbean) and describing ten new species (including L. abscondita).

Currently, it seems impossible to identify Lobophora to species in the field.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Web resources


  • Vieira, C., S. D'Hondt, O. De Clerck and C.E. Payri (2014). Toward an inordinate fondness for stars, beetles and Lobophora? species diversity of the genus Lobophora (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae) in New Caledonia. Journal of Phycology, 50(6): 1101-1119. LIRS catalog number 90414.