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Genus Stylaster Gray, 1831

Hydrocoral, Lace Coral


Stylaster colonies branch in a single plane with fine, tapered and delicate tips. Gastropores are linked by individual cyclosystems and surrounded by dactylopores. These alternate on the sides of branches, in a zig-zag fashion. Reproductive ampullae occur on the sides of older branches (Cairns, 2011).




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Described from Scott Reef Western Australia. Great Barrier Reef.

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