Muricella complanata   Wright & Studer,  1889 (Soft coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

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Color: May vary from pink to cream. Axis light violet, large spindles pink, smaller spindles yellow and quadriradiates often colorless.

Colonies flabellate, often divide in one plane; branches free and the terminal portion devoid of polyps. Spicules are all spindles of different sizes, to which quadriradiates or multiradiates may be added. Larger spicules are common in the coenchyme. Larger spindles are irregular and warty, 1.4 x 0.15 mm, small spindles 0.5 x 0.08 mm and multiradiates vary.

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Habitat:  Benthic, Rocky


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Colachel INDIA (Record: 1997)
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Record: 1997)

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
  • Venkatraman, K; Srinivasan, M; Satyanarayana, CH and Prabhakar D (2002) Faunal diversity of Gulf of Mannar biosphere reserve Conservation area series 15 ZSI 77 pp; VIII pla Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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 -

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