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Kükenthal, 1905

Dendronephthya (4)

Type species: Dendronephthya savignyi (Ehrenberg, 1834)

Total number of species estimated: 275.

Description: Colonies arborescent with branched polyparium. Colonial growth form is umbellate, glomerate or divaricate. Polyps not retractile, grouped but not forming catkins. Each polyp has a supporting bundle of sclerites. Sclerites of very diverse form. Colour of colonies red, yellow, orange, purple, often bicoloured. Zooxanthellae absent.

Habitat: Shallow to deep water.

Range: Widespread in tropical Indo-Pacific.

Genus Dendronephthya