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To the left is a list of animal phyla.  Phyla with species descriptions from Heron Island Reef have an arrow to the right.  Hover over the arrow associated with the phylum of interest and click to see species names. Note that some of the larger phyla are divided further into lower taxonomic units.  In these cases, the species will be listed under a specific class or order.  Click on the species and author names to see a detailed description of that species.

Heron Island Reef (below) is a platform reef on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Species of nearly every phylum of the animal kingdom can be found on this reef. Although some are conspicuous, most are cryptic and hidden.

True colour satellite image of Heron Island Reef at low tide.
Image provided by Digital Globe Inc and Biophysical Remote Sensing Group, The University of Queensland