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Black Sea Rod

Plexaura homomalla


A gorgonian-type octocoral (a soft-coral with polyps containing 8 tentacles). Tend to branch laterally, with only occasional dichotomous branching. Grows to a height of about 35 cm (14 in). Central stalks are black or dark brown with contrasting cream-colored, yellow, or pale brown polyps.


Found growing on reefs in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and Florida. It grows at depths down to about 55 m (180 ft).


Spotted while snorkeling in the Caribbean for a Marine Biology course focused on coral reef sampling.

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marylou.wildlife 10 years ago

Thanks Smith Zoo!!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 10 years ago

Lovely spot!

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Belmopan, Cayo, Belize

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 26, 2013

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