species: Halophila spinulosa in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Halophila spinulosa

©Anne Hoggett: Compound leaf and rhizome of Halophila spinulosa, NE coast of Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Enlarge this image to see serrated leaflets of Halophila spinulosa Photo from NE coast of Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Halophila spinulosa and Halophila ovalis at about 22 m depth off the NE shore of Lizard Island
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Alismatales
Family Hydrocharitaceae
Genus Halophila
Species Halophila spinulosa



Distinguishing features

The only seagrass currently recorded from Lizard Island with compound leaves, usually 10 to 20 pairs of leaflets per shoot.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Chartrand K.M., C.V. Bryant, A. Sozou, P.J. Ralph and M.A. Rasheed (2017). Final Report: Deep‐water seagrass dynamics: Light requirements, seasonal change and mechanisms of recruitment., Tropwater, Report, 17/16. LIRS catalog number 2192.
  • Lanyon, J. (1986). Seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Special Publication Series, 3, 54 pp..
  • McKenzie, L.J., W.J. Lee Long and E.J. Bradshaw (1997). Distribution of seagrasses in the Lizard Island Group - a reconnaissance survey, October 1995, CRC Reef Research Centre, Technical Report, 14. LIRS catalog number 476.
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