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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Scleractinia > Family Merulinidae
Elephant-nose plate coral
Mycedium elephantotus*
Family Merulinidae

updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This hard coral forms a thick plate with large bumps. It is rarely encountered on the intertidal.

Features: Colonies 20-30cm. Encrusting plate, thick. Large cup-shaped corallites (about 1.5cm) that look like a nose. Polyp tentacles are only extended at night.
Terumbu Bemban, Apr 16

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 19

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

Elephant-nose plate corals on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Tanah Merah, May 14

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast PCN, Jul 20

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Mycedium species recorded for Singapore
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.

  Family Merulinidae
  Mycedium elephantotus

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References

  • 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 (pdf). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 22: 69-80.
  • Veron, Jen. 2000. Corals of the World Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia. 3 volumes.
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