Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Gorgonacea
Maze sea fan
Echinogorgia sp.*
Family Plexauridae
updated Dec 2019

Where seen? This sea fan with maze-like branching is sometimes seen on Beting Bronok. On coral rubble.

Features: 10-15cm tall. Colony comprises regular short branches that form a neat, maze-like pattern on one plane. Some of the side branches may fuse with nearby branches forming a net-like arrangement. Stems cylindrical and rather fat with rounded tips. Colours seen include orange, pink, yellow and white. The relatively small polyps are white and emerge all around the branches. They can retract completely leaving large bumps on the stem.

Beting Bronok, Jul 05

Beting Bronok, Jul 05

Changi-Loyang, Jul 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

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