Acanthogorgia ceylonensis   Thomson & Henderson,  1905 (Soft coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

Size: 13X12 cm (height X width)

Color: Calyces white, spicules colorless.

Planar non-reticulate morphology. The axial skeleton at the extremities of branches is golden brown in color while dark brown at older parts. The stalk is 1 mm in diameter and ends in a button -shaped hold fast. Calyces are tubular in shape and are arranged wide apart on branchlets, may get arranged laterally in some parts of branches and branchlets. Acanthogorgia type spicules projecting out at the tip of calyces may give a characteristic appearance to the calyces.
Spicules: (1) Acanthogorgia type spicules. One end tuberculated while the other sharply pointed, size up to 0.33X0.02 mm. (2) Spindles: Slightly curved, size up to 0.32x0.019 mm. (3) Multiradiates: Size up to 0.19 mm.

Synonym (s)
Acanthogorgia ceylonensis Thomson & Henderson, 1905

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA (Record: 1998) (Depth: -(50-85) mts)
• 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 -
  • Universal Biological Indexer and Organizer Available at -
  • 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 -

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