Latest Gorgonian Stories
Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes.
Two new species of the gorgonian inhabiting barnacles — Conopea saotomensis and Conopea fidelis — have been collected from the area surrounding the historically isolated volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe.
While many researchers are focused on how physical barriers and isolation can lead to new species on land, a pair of LSU biologists are more interested in the speciation of animals in the ocean.
New research from the University at Buffalo reveals that coral colonies in the Bahamas that have suffered tissue damage were still producing low numbers of eggs four years after the initial injuries.
The appearance and ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats could be altered by yellow brittle star
The polyps of the new gorgonia discovered, Tauroprimnoa austasensis and Digitogorgia kuekenthali, in the region of Austasen, in the Eastern Weddell Sea, and to the south-east of the Falklands and Isla Nueve (in Chilean Patagonia) respectively, are small and elongated.
Mother Nature has been busy in the intervening years. The corals are recovering, said University of North Carolina research scientist Mark Chiappone, who is based in Key Largo.
The Painted Tunicate (Clavelina picta) is a species of sea squirt (tunicate) in the genus Clavelina (known as “little bottles.”). It is found in the waters of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. It often occurs in large clusters attached to black coral, sponges, and gorgonians. Colonies may contain hundreds of individuals. This animal, like all ascidians, is a sessile filter feeder. It is about 0.75 inches long and comes in a variety of colors, including reds, purples and yellows....
Knotted Fan Coral, (Melithaea ochracea), is a species of colonial soft coral that is found in tree-like fans on shallow reefs in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Indonesia, including Singapore and Malaysia. In Taiwan, it is the most widespread coral in its family Gorgonacea. It is found on the higher parts of reef fronts where its numerous small polyps can feed at water flow rates varying from 1.6 to 16 inches per second. This species usually grow to about 8 inches in length, with...
The Multicolored Sea Fan, (Acabaria rubra), is a species of coral in the family Melithaeidae. It is only found around the South African coast from Bloubergstrand to East London. It is found at depths of 33 to 100 feet in its habitat, which are vertical surfaces on reefs and under overhangs, usually orientated perpendicularly to the water flow. Sea fan colonies grow to about 12 inches high, with branches between branches no more than 0.15 inches in length. It is bushy with thin cylindrical...