Echinogorgia flora   Nutting,  1910 (Soft coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Alcyonacea
Family:Plexauridae

Description
Size: Branches 2-3 mm in diameter

Color: Colony yellow, axis dark brown and spicules colorless.

Colonies bushy and branch in one plane, often irregularly dichotomous pattern. Branches circular in outline, with blunt tips. Spicules are leaf clubs, spindles, 0.25 mm and other spicules include tetraradiates; stalk and branches have more or less the same diameter. Calyces distributed all over, contiguous and flush with the surface. Polyps retractile, surface and calyces well armoured with leaf clubs.


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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Rocky

Biogeography


• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA (Record: 1997)
• East Coast INDIA
• West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Thomas, PA and George, RM (1986) A systematic appraisal of the commercially important gorgonids of the Indian seas Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Post Box No. 2673, Dr. Salim Ali Road, Shanmugam Road-P. O., Ernakulam, Cochin-682 031, India 28(1-2) 96-112 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Mary, AG and Lazarus, S (2004) Gorgonids off the southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 32-43 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Thomas, PA and Jacob, RM (1987) On five species of commercially important gorgonids new to Indian seas Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian journal of Fisheries For the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Kochi, India 34 (1) 20-27 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/338/1/Article_04.pdf

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