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Andouin, 1828

Nephthea (3)

Type species: Nephthea chabrolii Andouin, 1828

Total number of species estimated: 20.

Description: Colonies arborescent with branched polyparium, stiff. Polyps arranged in catkins on the terminal branches only, not retractile, with 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, brownish. Zooxanthellae present.

Habitat: shallow water.

Range: Widespread in Indo-Pacific.

Genus Nephthea