Cauliflower Soft Coral


Cauliflower Soft Coral (Dendronephthya australis) is a temperate soft coral species endemic to eastern Australia. The species name comes from its bushy, globed shape branches which resemble a cauliflower. The species is predominantly found in estuarine environments in NSW where it occurs at depths of 1 – 15 m, however, it occasionally occurs offshore down to depths of 30 m.

Topics in this Primefact include:

  • Description
  • Habitat and ecology
  • Why is the Cauliflower Soft Coral threatened?
  • Conservation and recovery actions
  • Legal implications


Primefact INT21/391176 First Edition

Published: Feb 2021