Leptogorgia australiensis   Ridley  (Soft coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Alcyonacea
Family:Gorgoniidae

Image copyrights: The Marine Biological Association of India

Description
Color: Beautifully colored; cream, red and orange. Axis brown colored but this color may fade towards the extremities.

Colonies flabellate and variously branched, but never form a reticulum. Colonies divide in one plane and branches narrower towards the tips (diameter 2-3 mm); stem and branches with a median groove on either side. Spicules are of spindles which are of straight, curved and crosses, diameter upto 0.075 mm.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Rocky

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Record: 1997)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Thoothukkudi INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Record: 1991-1992)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Velayutham, P; Venkataramanujam, K and Ramadhass, V (2005) Studies on commercially important gorgonians in the Gulf of Mannar Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 36-40 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf

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