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The Pulsing Soft Corals, Family Xeniidae, Part 2

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Bob Fenner

 

Genus Cespitularia Milne-Edwards & Haime 1850: Soft colonies, appear translucent, comprised of a few lobe-like branches. Polyps only on apex and upper areas of stalks. Similar to Xenia, but polyps extend downward on stalks. Polyps often appear "basket like" (tips closely together). Numerous pinnules arranged in 1-4 rows on edges of tentacles. Seventeen nominal species.

Cespitularia sp. N. Sulawesi pix. 

Cespitularia sp. 2 N. White body fading to blue tentacles. Shallow water, reef flat species. One of the hobbyist-called "Blue Cespitularias". Sulawesi pix. 

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Cespitularia erecta Macfadyen, 1936. Mauritius 2016

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Genus Heteroxenia Kolliker 1874: Characterized by their heteromorphic condition; possession of longer, non-retractile auto- and siphonozoid (much shorter polyps, placed on stalks in-between the autozoids... may only be seen when autozoids are retracted) polyps. Highly pinnate, long tentacles, typically non-branching colonies. 

Heteroxenia fuscescens (Ehrenberg 1834), Pom-Pom, Palaver, Pulse Coral. Indo-Pacific; most common in the Red Sea. Red Sea image.

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