Parisis fruticosa   Verrill,  1864 (Soft coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

Size: 11 x 10 cm (height x width)

Color: Light yellow, spicules colorless

Basal attachment part is not present. Branching in one plane, branches and branchlets divide freely but anastomosis rare. Calyces arranged laterally in actively growing parts, but distributed on all sides in older parts; height of the calyces up to 0.7 mm and are arranged 1 to 4 mm apart. Axial skeleton with nodes and internodes; nodes horny while internodes calcareous; internodes vary in length from 2 to 9 mm and longitudinally striated.

Synonym (s)
Parisis fruticosa Thomas and Rani Mary George, 1990

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Open Sea, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA (Depth: -(30-85) mts)
• Maharashtra, Off Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1990) (Depth: -(60-86) mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV and Devi,K (2003) Studies on the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 36161 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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 -

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