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Free Content Two New Plexaurid Gorgonians from the Bahama Islands

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Abstract:

Two species of the reef dwelling gorgonacean family Plexauridae are described as new. Both were recovered from a habitat unusually deep for genera concerned (36 fathoms) and show modification toward the slender, delicate colonial form characteristic of deep-water genera. Plexaura nina bears a strong resemblance to P. homomalla (Esper), the generic type, but differs both in growth form and in spicular details. Eunicea pinta belongs to the group of species related to Eunicea mammosa Lamouroux, also the type of its genus, but lacks protruding calicles and has atypically strong anthocodial armature, as well as differing in growth form and details of spiculation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1958

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