Sarcophyton sp.


Variable forms and colors, usually mushroom-, funnel- or cup-shaped with folded margins and long (feeding) polyps. With the large, feeding polyps retracted, it gets a smooth, leathery appearance.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but a widespread coral species in tropical waters.


It can be found in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the (Indo-) Pacific in water with some current.


Asexual reproduction.


Up to 50cm. in diameter.

Prey / Predation

This coral gets energy through photosynthesis from its symbiotic algae – zooxanthellae, as well as sift out nutrients from the water.

Special features

This genus currently holds 67 identified species.