Net fire coral

Net fire coral
Net fire coral
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Metazoa
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Hydrozoa
Order: Capitata
Family: Milleporidae
Genus: Millepora
Species: M. dichotoma
Binomial name
Millepora dichotoma
Forsskål, 1775

Like all fire corals the net fire coral is a hydrozoan, consisting of a colony of polyps with a calceolareous skeleton. Part of the metabolism of the fire coral relies on zooxanthellae included in their anatomy.



Red Sea to Samoa and South Africa.[1]


Individually forms fans up to 60cm but clumps may be several metres across. Coloured mustard to olive-yellow, the fans form in a single plane.


Feeding polyps snare Plankton from the passing current.


Along exposed portions of upper reef slopes up to 15m depth, growing transverse to the prevailing current to ensure maximum exposure to passing foodstuff.


The stinging nematocysts contain a toxin which causes painful burn-like wounds on contact. At worst this may cause collapse in those with a severe allergic reaction. Skin irritation may continue for up to 2 weeks.


  1. ^ Lieske, E. and Myers, R.F. (2004) Coral reef guide; Red Sea London, HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-715986-2

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