PORT PHILLIP BAY


Hydroid 

Ectopleura crocea (Agassiz, 1862)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Hydrozoa
Subclass:
Anthoathecatae
Order:
Capitata
Family:
Turbulariidae
Genus:
Ectopleura
Species:
crocea

General Description

Colony of individual polyps (hydranths) joined by a root-like network of tubular stolons at the base. Colony of indviduals clumped together. Colour: green. More than 3 cm high.

Biology

This is an abundant species that is one of several to occur throughout Port Phillip.

Habitat

Reefs

Species Group

Hydroids

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Harmful

Generally not harmful but still able to sting bare skin.

Commercial Species

No

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Watson, J.

Jan Watson is a consultant with expertise in hydroid taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Watson, J., 2011, Hydroid, Ectopleura crocea, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 26 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7123

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