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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Alcyonacea > Family Nephtheidae
Photo index of soft corals on Singapore shores
with soft bodies: bushy shapes



Ball
flowery soft coral

Dendronephthya sp.



Pink
flowery soft coral

Dendronephthya sp.



Spiky
flowery soft coral

Stereonephthya sp.
Colony bushy 15-20cm, branched with study 'stems' that re white, lilac or purple. Polyps tiny (about 0.5cm) with eight beige or brown branched tentacles, appear in clusters at the tips of the branches. Among living hard corals on the reef flat. Commonly seen on our Southern shores. Colony spherical 6-10cm with a fat central 'trunk' that branches densely. The 'stem' white or transparent, pink or orange at near the polyp clusters. Polyps tiny (about 0.5cm) with eight white branched tentacles and tiny spikes nearby. On coral rubble. Commonly seen on Beting Bronok. Colony tree-like 10-15cm, branched with sturdy 'stems' that are white or transparent, embedded with red or pink spicules. Polyps tiny (about 0.5cm) with eight white branched tentacles. No spikes next to the polyps. On boulders, hard surfaces, coral rubble. Commonly seen on our Northern shores. Colony bushy 6-12cm, branched with 'stems' that are white or transparent, embedded with spicules. Polyps tiny (about 0.5cm) with eight branched tentacles, may be beige, white or purple. Large spikes next to the polyps. On coral rubble. Commonly seen on Tuas, sometimes on other shores too. Colony bushy 6-12cm, branched with 'stems' that are white or transparent, embedded with spicules. Polyps tiny (about 0.5cm) with eight branched tentacles, may be beige, white or purple. No spikes next to the polyps. On coral rubble. Uncommonly seen.

Not soft corals

Fire anemone
Actinodendron sp.

Frilly anemone
Phymanthus sp.
     
This is an anemone. This is an anemone.      

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Phylum Cnidaria
with soft body

solitary
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anemones
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colonial
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fern-like

feathery

leathery

stick-like

thin branching
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