Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Gorgonacea
Lyre sea fan
Ctenocella pectinata*
Family Ellisellidae
updated Dec 2019

Where seen? This elegant sea fan resembles a comb, harp or lyre. It is sometimes seen on Beting Bronok and Changi. In deeper water, they can grow to 1.5m across.

Features: 15-20cm long. Colony comprises long unbranched stems emerging from a lower horizontal branch. The vertical stems arise parallel to one another, on one plane. The overall shape resembles a lyre or harp; or teeth of a comb.
  The cylindrical stems are smooth and thin. When the polyps are retracted, they form small mounds on the stem. Colours red, brown and white.

Beting Bronok, May 06

Beting Bronok, Jun 04

Beting Bronok, May 03

Changi, Jul 12

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

Lyre sea fans on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr



  • 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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