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Soft Corals of the Family Nephtheidae,
Part 4

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By Bob Fenner


Genus Scleronephthya Studer 1887: Mostly small (less than 4 inch tall) colonies that are very contractile (often look like blobs at slack tides, currents, otherwise non-feeding during the day). Often uni-planar and multi-branched. One-shape polyps that are found only on branches. Lack Zooxanthellae, but come in many colors (mostly orange, but pink, purple, even white.

Scleronephthya sp. Indo-Pacific. Similar to Dendronephthya, differing by possessing highly retractile polyps that lack sclerites. Just as difficult to maintain in captivity. N. Sulawesi pix.

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