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Wide-Mesh Sea Fan

Gorgonia mariae

Bayer, 1961

Wide-Mesh Sea Fan

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Summary

Saltwater. Gorgonians. Small sea fans, very much smaller than other members of the genus. They are pale in colour, commonly white but with slight tints of mauve. Their branching pattern is of several ascending branches from which secondary branches come off in feather-like, or pinnate fashion.

To be confused with

- Common Sea Fan Gorgonia ventalina

Characteristics

Size: 15 to 30 cm.
Colour: Pale in colour, commonly white but with slight tints of mauve.
Shape: Seafans have strong, flexible stems. Their branching pattern is of several ascending branches from which secondary branches come off in feather-like, or pinnate fashion.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits coral reefs. They prefer deeper waters.

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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