Acanthogorgia turgida   Nutting,  1911 (Soft coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Alcyonacea
Family:Acanthogorgiidae

Description
Size: 6 x 4 cm (height x width)

Color: Colony pale yellow, axis golden brown and spicules colorless

Stalk and branches slender and mostly denuded off soft parts. Average diameter of stalk 1 mm and of branches 0.7 mm; calyces cylindrical, 1.5 x 1 mm (height x diameter); rim darker and with a crown of acanthogorgia type spicules projecting out at the rim. Branches and branchlets show no sign of fusion.
Spicules: (1) Acanthogorgia type spicules. One end tuberculated while the other sharply pointed; size up to 0.75 x 0.029 mm. (2) Spindles. (3) Small spindles. (4) Multiradiates.


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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Open Sea

Biogeography


• Kerala, Off Kollam (Lat: 8.58) (Long: 76.33) INDIA (Record: 1998)
• Maharashtra, Off Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1990)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 9.08) (Long: 79.08) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 71) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.21) (Long: 74) INDIA

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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Raveendran, TV; Limna Mol, VP; Paramerwaran, PS (2010) Natural product Antifoulants from the octorals of indian waters International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Elsevier 65(1) 265-268 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2010.11.013

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