Characters: Polyps are small (up to 65 mm diameter) except in the Red Sea (up to 200 mm diameter), cup-shaped when fully developed, and have wavy margins. The species may be solitary or colonial, the latter consisting of a few contorted corallites. Primary septa are thin and usually smooth edged.
Colour: Mottled brown.
Habitat: Shallow reef environments.
Similar species: Cantharellus doederleini
Taxonomic note: Specimens from Western Australia and the Red Sea are distinct from those of the Pacific. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Hoeksema (1989).