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Genus Distichopora Lamarck, 1816

Hydrocoral, Lace Coral



Distichopora morphology is defined by Cairns (1988) as possessing laterally aligned gastropores on branch surfaces, flanked on both sides by a row of dactylopores, together forming a pore row. The coenosteal texture is varies between reticulate-granular, tuberculate, tufted, and linear-imbricate. Gastropores are never lipped: gastropore and dactylopore tubes are long. Gastrostyles are usually slender, highly ridged, and very elongate: tabulae common. Dactylopores usually elliptical, oriented perpendicular to gastropore row; with no dactylostyles. Ampullae usually superficial.




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Tropical distribution.

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Hydroid and medusa stages: colonial (host(s): polychaete worm; Pedicularia sea snail).


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
HYDROZOA Owen, 1843 30-Jun-2017 ADDED Dr Narissa Bax