Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Gorgonacea
Candelabra sea fan
Euplexaura sp.*
Family Plexauridae
updated Mar 13

Where seen? This orange sea fan with U-shaped branches that resemble a candelabra are often seen on a wide range of Northern shores, including Changi and the East Coast. On rocks and coral rubble near the low water mark.

Features: 10-15cm tall. Colony generally branched on one plane, the branches are sparse and rather long, emerging in a U-shape so the entire colony resembles a candelabra. But some with very long stems may appear tangled. Stems cylindrical with rounded tips, all stems about the same diameter.
Colours usually orange. The white polyps are relatively large (0.5cm) and emerge all around the stem. The white polyps can retract completely into the stem.

Beting Bronok, May 06

Tuas, Dec 11

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

Photos of Candelabra sea fans for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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