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Free Content Two New Species of the Gorgonacean Genus Ctenocella (Coelenterata: Anthozoa, Octocorallia) from Deep Reefs in the Western Atlantic

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Many new records of the ellisellid gorgonian originally described as Nicella schmitti Bayer, 1961, are reported and provide the basis for an amplified description of the species, which is transferred to the genus Ctenocella on the basis of its sclerites and to the subgenus Ellisella because of its growth form with comparatively long, straight branches. Two closely related new species, one white from Jamaica, the other bicolored from the Bahamas, are described and illustrated with photographs of colonies and scanning electron micrographs of sclerites.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1995

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