Deepwater Sea Fan
Saltwater. Gorgonians. Seafans have strong, flexible stems, that branch
profusely. They prefer situations with some water movement.
To be confused with
- Colorful Sea Rod Diodogorgia nodulifera
Size: 30 to 120 cm.
Colour: Usually light brown to bright red. The polyps are white.
Shape: The main branches are somewhat flattened and are 3 to 5 millimetres (0.12 to 0.20 in) in width. The polyps protrude from the edges of the branches. Their calyces are dome-shaped and have eight separate lobes. The polyps are stiffened with sclerites, which are curved spindles and rods which are arranged as a collar with pointed projections.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits coral reefs. Normally grows at depths from 3 to 368 metres. It
lives on vertical walls, standing out perpendicularly, and can also grow
in deep water where the water is clear and the current high on slope
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, march 2016]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World