Common Name(s): Corky sea finger
Colony Form: One to several upright, unbranched rods arising from common encrusting base. Polyps >1 cm in length, with long tentacles, appearing as dense fur or hair when extended, making rods appear much thicker than when the polyps are retracted.
Apertures: Pinhole-sized, each often on a low swelling.
Color: Purple, purplish gray, or with some tan; polyps brown, grayish- or greenish brown. Apertures may be surrounded by darker purple. May dry yellow or yellow brown.
Sclerites: Large tuberculate spindles or 3-rayed sclerites.
Habitat: Most shallow reef environments.
Distribution: Bahamas, South Florida, and Caribbean Sea.
Notes: Similar Briareum polyanthes forms encrusting meatball-like knobs usually encrusting other octocorals. Erythropodium caribaeorum
Similar Species: Erythropodium caribaeorum