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Sea Fans

General information

Sea fans or also often called gorgonians are colonial marine animal forming erect, flattened, branching colonies in tropical and subtropical waters. They have a central internal skeleton, composed of a flexible, horny substance called „gorgonin“, supports all branches of the colony, and the living tissues form a layer over its entire surface. Colonies may be several feet high and are most often colorful, with purples, reds, and yellows predominating. Cylindrical sessile forms—that grow together in a flat, fanlike pattern. The individuals, or polyps, have six or eight feathery tentacles and feed on plankton organisms.

Acalycigorgia

Acanthoaxis

Acanthogorgia

Adelogorgia

Annella

Anthogorgia

Antillogorgia

Antipatharia

Antipathella

Antipathes

Astrogorgia

Briareum

Cirrhipathes

Corallium

Ctenocella

Cupressopathes

Diodogorgia

Echinogorgia

Ellisella

Ellisellidae,

Erythropodium

Eugorgia

Eunicea

Eunicella

Euplexaura

Flagelligorgia

Gorgonia

Guaiagorgia

Iciligorgia

Isidella

Isis

Junceella

Keratoisis

Leiopathes

Leptogorgia

Lophogorgia

Melithaea

Menella

Muricea

Muricella

Muriceopsis

Paramuricea

Pinnigorgia

Plexaura

Plexaurella

Plexauridae

Plumapathes

Primnoa

Psammogorgia

Pseudoplexaura

Pseudopterogorgia

Pterogorgia

Rumphella

Solenocaulon

Sphaerokodisis

Stichopathes

Subergorgia

Swiftia

Syphonogorgia

Tanacetipathes

Thesea

Verucella