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Sea Fans for Marine Aquaria, the Gorgonians, Order Gorgonaceae

Part 5

To: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6

 

Bob Fenner   

Genus Pseudopterygorgia:

Pseudopterygorgia sp., Sea Plumes. Tall (to seven feet), bushy plumes of branches that are pinnately branching in single planes. Often purple, other times brown to yellowish. Tobago, Belize and Cozumel close-up (Di.F) pix. 

Pseudopterygorgia americana, Slimy Sea Plume. Bushy; yellowish plumes w/ purple branches and long, feathery branchlets. To 3.5 feet tall. Roatan 2016; TiffB pic.

 

Pseudopterygorgia bipinnata, Bipinnate Sea Plume. Colonies as single planes of bilaterally arranged branchlets. Usually purple, sometimes yellow to white. One of the most popular aquarium Sea Fans due to its beauty, small size (to two feet tall in the wild) and relative hardiness (when collected, held, shipped properly). Bahamas photos showing open and closed polyp colonies. See above/top for aquarium image at title.  

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Genus Pterogorgia:

Pterogorgia citrina, the Yellow Sea Whip. S.O. Holaxonia, Family Gorgoniidae. Tropical West Atlantic; abundant at times. Smallish, bushy colonies whose branches are flat, narrow, polyps along lateral edge . Branches variable in color. Di.F pix in Cozumel and the Turks.

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Pterogorgia guadalupensis, the Grooved-Blade Sea Whip. Tropical West Atlantic. To two feet in height, branches to 1/2" diameter. Appears uniplanar in view, with branches bearing a distinct groove in middle, tapering toward ends. Polyps extend from a common groove along edges. Di.F pic in Cozumel.

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Semperina cf. rubra Kolliker 1870. Branched, one plane, with ends that are spatula like. Red to orange with white openings at ends. 


Genus Subergorgia:

Subergorgia appressa Nutting 1911. Laterally branches with medial groove that are somewhat flattened. Red to brownish in color. N. Sulawesi pic. 

Subergorgia hicksoni. The large sea fans encountered in the Red Sea... in areas of high current and subdued lighting. Here a six foot plus diameter colony sieves the waters of Egypt's Sharm El Sheik.

Subergorgia mollis (Nutting 1910). Fan-like colonies, uni-planar, inter-branched in a rectangular fashion every 10-60 mm. . May be 2-3 meters in diameter. Thin branches (1-3 mm). May be pink-orange or red if overgrown with epizoics. Western Pacific. N. Sulawesi pix. 

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