species: Paraminabea aldersladei cf. in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Paraminabea aldersladei cf.


©Anne Hoggett: Paraminabea aldersladei cf. at North Direction Island in an underhang. Colonies are up to 3 cm long.

©Anne Hoggett: Paraminabea aldersladei cf. at North Direction Island in an underhang. Colonies are up to 3 cm long.

©Anne Hoggett: Paraminabea aldersladei cf.on the reef slope of Seabird Islet, Lizard Island group. Colony height about 4 cm.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Alcyonacea
Family Alcyoniidae
Genus Paraminabea
Species Paraminabea aldersladei cf.

Colours

              

Distinguishing features

Bright orange, solid, finger-like colonies up to at least 5 cm high protruding from hard substrate. Polyps are retracted during the day.

Octocoral expert Dr Phil Alderslade advises that there is at least one undescribed species in the area that is indistinguishable from P. aldersladei unless scerites are examined (iNaturalist, Dec 2019).

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

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.