Perisceles ceylonensis   (Thomson and Henderson)  (Sea fan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

Size: Height 12 cm and width 10 cm

Color: Colony dark red, spicules pink.

Specimens with planar non-reticulate morphology. Stalk with button-shaped holdfast; diameter of stalk 3 mm and denuded off soft parts. Main branch formed as the continuation of the stalk and the branchlets given off divide and redivide forming the expanse of the colony. The ultimate branches formed have a diameter of 1 mm (excluding calyces). Calyces arranged laterally along the branches and branchlets; at places 3 to 4 calyces may be seen crowded together and arranged on all sides; terminal part of the branchlets often blunt but sometimes two calyces may be seen arranged in a divergent manner. Average size of calyce 1 x 0.75 mm (diameter x height), sides strongly sloped and as the calyces are arranged at an angle to the axis, the side facing the axis is shorter than the other side. Polyps retractile fully, axis pale brown and flexible.
Spicules: (1) Echinogorgia type. Foliaceous with basal part forming 2 to 3 root-like structures. Foliaceous part often folded like the petals of a partly opened flower, margins of folia often serrated. Size, when well developed, 0.37 x 0.35 mm. (2) Spindles. With rays on one end, size 0.35 x 0.065 mm (height x width). (3) Irregular warty spindles. Crosses.

Synonym (s)
Echinomuricea ceylonensis Thomson and Henderson, 1905
Acanthogorgia ceylonensis Thomson and Simpson, 1909
Perisceles ceylonensis Kukenthal, 1924

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)



• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA (Depth: -(50-85) mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972

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