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Common (purple) Sea Fan

Gorgonia ventalina

Description:

This fan shaped horny coral grows with the flat side facing the current to allow them to feed more efficiently on the flow of plankton. Gorgonia ventalina is a unique coral that grows in the shape of a fan and has a distinctive purple coloring. With their surface sclerites and chemical compounds they are able to defend off predators and diseases.

Habitat:

Western Atlantic Ocean: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Colombia. Inhabits inshore and patch reef flats.

Notes:

http://www.saltcorner.com/AquariumLibrar... http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/MarineI...

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1 Comment

windmustache
windmustache 9 years ago

Wow!

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Cancún, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

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