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Grooved-Blade Sea Whip

Pterogorgia guadalupensis

Duchassaing & Michelin, 1846

Grooved-Blade Sea Whip

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Summary

Saltwater. Gorgonians. Colonies heavily branched, more or less in single planes; colonies up to 60 cm in height. Branches long, flexible, quite flat and wide, tapering somewhat from the base to the end. Polyps extend from a groove that runs along the thin edges.

To be confused with

- Angular Sea Whip Pterogorgia anceps

Characteristics

Size: 15 to 60 cm.
Colour: Branches olive to gray, occasionally light purple; polyps white to cream.
Shape: Colonies heavily branched, more or less in single planes; colonies up to 60 cm in height. Branches long, flexible, quite flat and wide, tapering somewhat from the base to the end. Polyps extend from a groove that runs along the thin edges.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits coral reefs. Inhabit a wide range of inshore environments, from back reef areas of sand and rubble to patch reefs of moderate depth.

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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Soorten, Neteldieren

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