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Free Content A Bioluminescent Gorgonian, Lepidisis Olapa, New Species (Coelenterata: Octocorallia), from Hawaii

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Lepidisis olapa, a new species of gorgonian discovered in deep water off Oahu, Hawaii, is described. Living colonies observed during submarine dives were luminescent when mechanically stimulated. Although common in the order Pennatulacea, luminescence is apparently unusual in the order Gorgonacea, and has never before been observed in colonies in their natural environment. The subfamily which includes Lepidisis, the Keratoisidinae, is revised, the three included genera being characterized by their distinct branching patterns.

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Publication date: 1978-10-01

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