Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Gorgonacea
Asparagus sea fan
Dichotella cf. gemmacea*
Family Ellisellidae

updated Dec 2019

Where seen? This sparsely branched brightly coloured sea fan is often seen on Beting Bronok and sometimes at Changi, on rubble and rocks.

Features: 15-20cm long. The colony comprises a cluster of a few cylingrical stems that are generally unbranched except near the base. Polyps with white transparent tentacles. When they retract, the base of the polyps curve to form smooth bumps so the stem resembles asparagus. Usually bright red, but sometimes also white, yellowish or orange.

There are also long unbranched sea whips that look like asparagus sea fans.

Beting Bronok, Jul 05

Beting Bronok, Jun 04

Beting Bronok, May 03

Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display
Asparagus sea fans on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Aug 19

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Changi-Loyang, Jul 20

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



  • Fabricius, Katharina and Philip Alderslade, 2001. Soft Corals and Sea Fans. Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territoriy. 264 pp.
  • Goh, N.K.C. and Chou, L.M. 20 December 1996. An annotated checklist of the gorgonians (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) of Singapore, with a discussion of gorgonian diversity in the Indo-West Pacific. Raffles Museum Bulletin of Zoology Pp. 435-459.
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