species: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Trachyphyllia geoffroyi

©Lyle Vail: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi about 70 mm wide at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, 18 metres depth

©Anne Hoggett: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi about 9 cm wide at 11 m depth away from reefs at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi with tentacles extended at night, Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, soft bottom away from reef.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Scleractinia
Family Merulinidae
Genus Trachyphyllia
Species Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

A large single polyp that is oval to hour-glass shaped and has one to several mouths. Lives on soft sediment away from reefs.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Fisk, D.A. (1983). Free-living corals: distributions according to plant cover, sediments, hydrodynamics, depth and biological factors, Marine Biology, 74: 287-294. LIRS catalog number 107.