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Bean Coral

Euphyllia fimbriata


This is an uncommon species, classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List.


This species occurs in mid-slope reef environments that are protected from wave action. Found at depths of 5 to 20m, in the Philippines and Western North Pacific. Host to commensal shrimp.


I took these photos at a depth of about 21m, at a dive site called San Juan Reef, off the western coast of Samal Island.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Euphyllia paradivisa

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Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Alvin!

same genus... but then again, we can only properly identify this unless we have a sample of the skeleton... which i do not subscribe to it.. hehehe

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very interesting I keep searching for it.

Blogie 9 years ago

Yeah, it does look somewhat like the Hammer coral, but it's not. I've actually seen Euphyllia ancora together with this spotting, and they are quite distinct when seen alongside each other. Thanks for the suggestion, though! :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

I think is a Hammer Coral Euphyllia ancora
Check it is very similar.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Blogie
I keep searching

Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Gerardo! The individual "flowers" are about as big as a man's hand, but the whole animal (or plant?) can be as big as 2 or 3 meters wide, as far as I know. They're everywhere here in my area, and I usually see them on sandy bottoms.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

What a grate shots Blogie
So amazing spot, i don´t have idea looks like an anemone´or a soft coral never see this I going to keep searching
How big is this?

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 15, 2012
Submitted on Jan 17, 2012

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