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Soft Corals of the Family Nephtheidae,
Part 3

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By Bob Fenner  

Genus Litophyton Forsskal 1775: Tree Soft Corals. Bush to tree-like in overall appearance. Up to half a meter in height. One type of polyp structure that are non-retractile, clustered terminally on branches

Litophyton arboreum Red Sea. Variable in color depending where growing, season. Red Sea and N. Sulawesi images.


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Genus Nephthea Audouin 1826: Bush- or tree-like in appearance. To a foot and a half tall. Soft to touch. One type of polyps that are non-retractile, clustered terminally on branches, lobe-like. Most often are colored brownish-yellow, but also found brownish-green to purple. Color owing to their Zooxanthellae. Common to abundant in wave-protected shallow reef areas in Indo-western Pacific reefs.

Nephthea sp. in captivity and in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Genus Paralemnalia Kukenthal 1913: Shorter, more numerous branching (finger-like lobes arise from common bases) than Litophyton, Lemnalia spp. Polyps can or cannot withdraw completely, colonies are limited in their contraction.

Paralemnalia thyrsoides (Ehrenberg 1834). May be common where found. Shallow fringing reefs, slopes, flats. To 30 m depths. Western Pacific; Australia to Japan. N. Sulawesi pix.

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