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Forskål, 1775

Litophyton

Type species: Litophyton arboreum Forskål, 1775

Total number of species estimated: 10

Description: Colonies arborescent with branched polyparium; flabby. Polyps arranged in catkins on the terminal branches only, not retractile, without supporting bundle. Sclerites are spindles and unilateral spinose spindles; surface layer of base of stalk also with capstans and derivations of capstans. Colour of colonies whitish, pink, brownish. Zooxanthellae present.

Habitat: Shallow water.

Range: Widespread in tropical Indo-Pacific.

Genus Litophyton