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Dead Man's Fingers

Sinularia spp.


This coral has soft, finger-like projections emanating from a flat bottom.


Found on coral reefs and rocky sea beds, at depths of 5 to 10m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

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dead man's fingers
Sinularia spp.


Blogie 7 years ago

Ok, copy!

lobophylla have less distinct protuberances and resembles more like a "towel". whereas sinularia have a more pronounced protuberance.

Blogie 7 years ago

Hi Alvin. This one look awfully like Lobophytum... Are you sure it's Sinularia spp?

Sinularia brassica May 1898. Family Alcyoniidae.

This very variable species now incorporates that previously designated as Sinularia dura. It rarely attains a size >50 cm. While the colonies are usually thin encrustations, they are sometimes cup-shaped or have short, slightly branched lobes and are almost foliaceous.

They are usually a dark brown, occasionally cream or grey, and are finely lobed to a slight or marked degree, often in a radial pattern. The heads of the club-shaped sclerites are characteristically forked and antler-like. While S. brassica may occur anywhere on a reef, it appears to be sediment tolerant (as illustrated) and is characteristically abundant at the reef-sediment interface.

source: Soft corals of the Indian Ocean

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.98, Long: 125.72

Spotted on Jan 30, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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