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Deepwater Sea Fan

Iciligorgia schrammi

Duchassaing, 1870

Deepwater Sea Fan

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Summary

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

Characteristics

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 breaks.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, march 2016]

Literature

- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.


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