Common Name(s): Black sausage coral.
Colony Form: Fingerlike colony of few thick long branches arising from near the base in all directions, to ~80 cm tall.
Axis: Cylindrical in cross-section.
Branches: Branches are >50% of colony height, 10-18 mm in diameter, with bulbous tips.
Apertures: Well-spaced around branches; hemispherical, surrounded by eight small lobes and with long lower lip that sometimes covers upper lip.
Color: Medium brown. Dark polyps.
Sclerites: Polyp armature of rods 0.05-0.2 mm long. Axial layer: ornate, colorless or pale violet spindles. Middle layer: diverse spindle forms usually 0.5-1.7 mm long. Surface layer: foliate clubs, enlarged or robust, 0.1-0.19 mm long.
Habitat: Leeward terrace reefs and hard bottoms, 5-20 m depths.
Distribution: South Florida, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean Sea.
Notes: Branches are thickest in the genus. Grows mainly through asexual propagation, often via fallen stolon-like branches.
Similar Species: Eunicea tourneforti