Trikentrion flabelliforme covered in zoanthids (Photo: Jane Fromont)

Trikentrion flabelliforme

Orange to blood red alive, or beige, frequently with bands of a white zoanthid over the surface. Surface smooth but microscopically hispid. Oscules minute, may have fine radiating canals. Texture firm, slightly compressible. Characterised microscopically by presence of acanthoplagiotriaenes.


Erect, thin to thick flattened fans or digits with basal stalk.


Sessile filter feeder.

Method of reproduction

Sexual with larvae.



This species is found in turbid waters, common in the Pilbara and southern Kimberley.


North western Australia from Exmouth Gulf to Indonesia. WA: Dampier, Pilbara to Eclipse Islands, lower Kimberley.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Subclass: Heteroscleromorpha
Order: Axinellida
Family: Raspailiidae
Subfamily: Cyamoninae
Genus: Trikentrion
Species: flabelliforme
Name Published Year: 1912
Rank: species
Scientific Name Authorship: Hentschel
Commercial Impact: 


Conservation Assessment: Least Concern

Net Conservation Benefits Fund

Facebook Twitter

Cite this page
Western Australian Museum Collections
Accessed 27 Oct 2021

We support the open release of data and information about our collections.

Text content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image content on this page is copyright WA Museum.