Ellisella maculata   Studer  1878 (Sea fan)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Gorgonacea
Family:Ellisellidae

Description
Size: Total height 18 cm; stalk 2 mm in diameter; maximum diameter at a distal part of colony 4 mm

Color: Colony yellow, axis pale white, spindles light yellow and dumb-bells colorless

Colonies subflabellate, branches divide dichotomously; diameter of branches may vary from 3-4 mm. Attachment to substratum effected by a button-shaped hold-fast which is black in color; stalk barren for about 3 cm in length. Calyces arranged laterally and are truncated with oval orifice, height up to 1 mm with a basal diameter varying from 1.2 to 1.5 mm. Larger calyces dominate in actively growing parts. Polyps retractile, cortex thick and granular; very thin in older parts. Spicules are of spindles, 0.084 x 0.04 mm, dumb-bells, 0.063 x 0.04 mm and crosses.


Synonym (s)
Ellisella maculate Thomas and Rani Mary George 1986

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Rocky

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Colachel INDIA (Record: 1997)
• Off Kerala Coast (Lat: 8.58) (Long: 76.33) INDIA (Record: 1998) (Depth: -100 mts)

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; George, RM and Manickam, PES (1998) Deep water gorgonids collected aboard Forv Sagar Sampada from the southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 40(1&2) 158-165 Available at - NIO, Goa

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