831 species

Cladocora arbuscula

(Lesueur, 1820)


Ehrenberg, 1834

Characters: Colonies consist of clumps of interlocking tubular corallites which are less than 4 millimetres diameter. Clumps may be compact and attached to hard substrates or loose aggregations on soft substrates which readily fall apart if disturbed. Usually only the terminal parts of corallites are alive. Corallite walls and septo-costae are both thin and delicate. The latter are in two alternating orders and have irregular teeth.

Colour: Tan or brown, with translucent tentacles.

Similar Species: Cladocora caespitosa has larger, more solid corallites which are phaceloid rather than irregularly branched and have well developed paliform lobes.

Habitat: Seagrass beds and other turbid environments where there is a lot of sediment.

Abundance: Uncommon, rare on reefs.

Taxonomic References: Zibrowius (1980); Cairns (1982); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Humann (2002);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change