Skip to main content

It's like a Fungia, but isn't one

Lobactis scutaria

  • Lobactis scutaria

I asked Jake Adams about this coral last year, because I had a feeling it was more than "just a weird fungia" with that very elongated mouth.  I've taken many pictures of it over the years.  

Fungia is not wrong as it used to called F. scutaria but now it's in its own genus - all by itself - Lobactis scutaria

It's a helluva lot more of a Fungia than all the Cyloseris in the world that people call Fungias

Mine has brown flesh, green stubby tentacles, and a purple mouth. 

Fungia scutaria

When it's closed up the septa radiating from the mouth have a small tooth projecting upwards under each tentacle. It's very recognizable and very common in Hawaii. 

The nice thing is I've not had to do anything special like target feeding.  It is content to live on the substrate of my reef, without any direct interaction.

You'll have better luck searching for the old name of Fungia scutaria. It can be all green, rarely all orange, but most commonly it's purple with green tentacles.

Thanks to Jake, I got an answer to something I'd often wondered about.  

Here's the coral, back when I first brought it home in 2015:

Fungia coral in the bag, acclimating


Website Area:
Reef Blog