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Duncanopsammia (Dendrophyllidae)

Welcome to the Duncanopsammia genus landing page. In this section, you will find general information about this genus and tips on how to identify it. If you are looking to confirm an observation made with the Coral Finder, use the image browser below to verify what you saw underwater.  The nature of this genus is highly distinctive, which means that it is unlikely to confuse it with other members of the group.

Vital Statistics

  • 1 species
  • Coral Finder p. 4
  • COTW – Vol 2 p. 405


Central Indo-Pacific.

ID Tips

Duncanopsammia form branching colonies, with smooth-walled tubular corallites forming the branch structure.  Colonies tend to be found in deeper protected, turbid environments.

The corallites are rounded and tubular, but the skeletal features tend to be hidden by the tentacles which are extended day and night.  The septa are well-developed and neat.

The smooth-sided tubular corallites and neat septa are characteristic of the Dendrophyllidae.

(slide show with photos of tubular corallites)

Similar Genera

The Coral Finder lists Duncanopsammia in one key group with other branching corals that lack an axial corallite, but the distinctive tubular corallites make this genus easy to differentiate from similar genera.


Taxonomic Changes

Learning Resources

Coral Hub

  • Dendrophylliidae family page


Suggested Reading – Identification Tools

  • Veron, J. E. N. (1985). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Sydney: Angus and Robertson.
  • Veron, J. E. N. (2000). Corals of the World. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Marine Science.
  • Veron, J. E. N., & Pichon, M. (1980). Scleractinia of Eastern Australia.  Part 3, Families Agaraciidae, Siderastreidae, Fungiidae, Oculinidae, Merulinidae, Mussidae, Pectiniidae, Carophylliidae, Dendrophylliidae. Australian Institute of Marine Science Monograph Series, IV, 471.

Suggested Reading – Other Topics