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 Genus Lobophytum Marenzeller 1886: Finger Leather, Soft Coral. Colonies up to 2 meters across. Usually low, creeping... lumps/folds/ridges, lobes... and vary in color... I may very well confuse this soft coral genus w/ Sinularia, others. Surface covered with TWO dissimilar (dimorphic) polyps that are retractable: Larger (0.5 mm) ones called autozooids and tinier siphonozoids that lack  tentacles (and dot the surface). Common throughout its range in the Indo-Pacific. Feed via photosynthesis and plankton. Here in Mauritius in 2016. Pic by DiF

Genus Lobophytum Marenzeller 1886: Finger Leather, Soft Coral. Colonies up to 2 meters across. Usually low, creeping... lumps/folds/ridges, lobes... and vary in color... I may very well confuse this soft coral genus w/ Sinularia, others. Surface covered with TWO dissimilar (dimorphic) polyps that are retractable: Larger (0.5 mm) ones called autozooids and tinier siphonozoids that lack  tentacles (and dot the surface). Common throughout its range in the Indo-Pacific. Feed via photosynthesis and plankton. Here in Mauritius in 2016; close up. Pic by DiF
 


 Genus Cladiella: Cauliflower, Tree Leather Coral. Knobby lobes on stalks that are low, hard to make out. Small, uniform polyps can quickly withdraw into the surface. Cladiella sp. Common, but never abundant where found in the Indo-Pacific. Not as easily kept as the more common Alcyoniids, not easily fragment reproduced. Notable for their knobbiness and capacity to change color quickly when touched.  Here in Mauritius in 2016. Pic by DiF
 


 Cespitularia erecta Macfadyen, 1936. Mauritius 2016
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