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Southern soft coral

Dendronephthya australis

(Image credit: David Harasti)

Large (2m high) soft corals, pinky mauve colour. Populations are known to occur in Pt Stephens estuary, but very little is known about the presence of populations outside of this location.

Undergoing substantial decline in part of range.

Very limited information about distribution currently available; has been seen in Pt Stephens, Brisbane Water and Sydney Harbour.


Soft sediment at approx 10-16m

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Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Poulos D, Harasti D, Gallen, C, Booth D (2013). Biodiversity value of a geographically restricted soft coral species with a temperate estuary. Aquatic Conserv Mar Freshw Ecosyst

Number of sightings 19

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