Ellisella andamanensis   (Simpson,  1910) (Soft coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Alcyonacea
Family:Ellisellidae

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Cenometra bella (Silver crinoid) on Ellisella andamanensis (Red sea whips)

Description
Size: Branches 4-5 mm in diameter

Color: Reddish brown to yellow when alive; axis pale white. Larger spicules are amber colored and smaller ones often colorless.

Colonies subflabellate and often branch dichotomously. Cortex thin. Spicules are of spindles, 0.063 x 0.025 mm and dumb-bells, 0.04 x 0.021 mm.


Synonym (s)
Ctenocella andamanensis Simpson, 1910

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Rocky

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Colachel INDIA (Record: 1997)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Thoothukkudi INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • CalPhotos Available at - http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Velayutham, P; Venkataramanujam, K and Ramadhass, V (2005) Studies on commercially important gorgonians in the Gulf of Mannar Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 36-40 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf

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