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The Pulsing Soft Corals, Family Xeniidae, Part 1

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Xeniid in the Red Sea, DF Pic

 

<To do: make chart differentiating different Xeniid genera: Criteria: size of colonies, arrangement of polyps, number of rows of pinnules...>

Genus Anthelia Lamarck 1816: Clusters of polyps all arising from a united stolon base that is soft, ribbon-like. Polyp pinnules in rows of 1-4 in number; slightly contractile, not retractile; some don't even respond to touch. Unlike Heteroxenia and Xenia species, Anthelia colonies branch at their base of attachment.

Anthelia sp. (perhaps A. flava) N. Sulawesi. 

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Anthelia edmondsonii (Verrill 1928). Blue Soft Coral. Light blue in color this is one of the few soft corals found in Hawai'i (and only there). Predated nightly by the Nudibranch Tritonia hawaiiensis. 1/4" inch across polyps in colonies 3-12" across.  Big Island photos. 


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Anthelia glauca, Red Sea.

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