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Family

Gorgoniidae

Common Name(s)

Yellow sea whip, Yellow ribbon, Gold ribbon, Green lace gorgonian

Colony Form

Small, bushy, with lateral branching, often in one or few planes, usually no more than 30 cm tall (maximum recorded 46 cm)

Axis

Black, cylindrical to slightly compressed.

Branches

Stiff; terminal branches in particular flattened, to 6 mm across and up to 6 cm long; sometimes with small terminal branches arising laterally in irregularly pinnate pattern.

Apertures

Individual slit-like calices along narrow edges of blades.

Mucus

None

Color

Yellow to green; occasional orange to purple; margins purple or with purple calices; polyps white to tan.

Sclerites

Polyp armature: small, blunt rods with few weak bumps or thorns, to 0.08 mm long. Body wall: stout spindles with few to many large simple to complex tubercles, to 0.16 mm long; scaphoids (curved sclerites) stout, compact, often with blunt ends, to 0.16 mm long; ornamentation of crowded complex, sometimes fused tubercles.

Habitat

Inshore, shallow areas from back reefs to patch reefs; 1-10 m depth.

Distribution

South Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea.

Notes

In the other local species of Pterogorgia, P. anceps, polyps arise from a common groove along the length of the blade.

Similar Species

Pterogorgia anceps

Date Taken

4-11-2016

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