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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Scleractinia > Family Fungiidae
Bracket mushroom coral
Podabacia sp.*
Family Fungiidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This plate-like coral with intricate patterns on the surface is sometimes seen on some of our Southern shores, growing attached to coral rubble near living reefs.

Features: Flat plate-like 30-40cm in diameter, attached at the base but wavy at the edges. May also be encrusting. The upper side has a distinctive pattern of fine parallel lines perpendicular to the edge. There is a 'waist' in the parallel lines at the mouth of the corallite, i.e., the parallel lines merge at regular intervals. The lines are thin with fine 'teeth'. Tentacles are said to appear only at night. Colours seen include brown, green and blue.

May be confused with other plate-like corals.

Status and threats: Podabacia motuporensis is listed as globally Near Threatened by the IUCN.

Terumbu Raya, Jul 11


Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Jul 12

Beting Bemban Besar, Apr 10

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Bracket mushroom corals on Singapore shores

Photos of Bracket mushroom corals for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Tanah Merah, May 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Tanah Merah, May 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Tanah Merah, May 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Sentosa Serapong, Jul 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Sisters Island, Dec 10
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.
 


Tanah Merah, Jun 10

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Terumbu Semakau, Jun 10

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on his flickr.
 

Podabacia species recorded for Singapore
from Danwei Huang, Karenne P. P. Tun, L. M Chou and Peter A. Todd. 30 Dec 2009. An inventory of zooxanthellate sclerectinian corals in Singapore including 33 new records. **the species found on many shores in Danwei's paper.
in red are those listed as threatened on the IUCN global list.

  Family Fungiidae
Genus Podabacia
 

Podabacia crustacea**
Podabacia motuporensis
(Near Threatened)
Podabacia kunzmanni


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