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Lesson, 1834

Sarcophyton (3)

Type species: Sarcophyton lobulatum Lesson, 1834

Total number of species estimated: 40.

Description: Colonies mushroom-shaped. Surface of polyparium usually with open folds on the disc margin. Polyps dimorphic. Internal sclerites are tuberculate spindles; sclerites of surface layer are clubs. Colour of colonies yellow, brownish, greenish. Zooxanthellae present.

Habitat: Shallow water.

Range: Widespread in tropical Indo-Pacific.

Genus Sarcophyton