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Free Content New Species of Black Coral (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Antipatharia) from the Caribbean

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Two new species of antipatharian corals (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Antipatharia), are described from the Caribbean region. Antipathes caribbeana new species forms large bushy irregularly branched colonies with long, straight or slightly curved, distally inclined branchlets. Its axial spines are typically conical to subcylindrical, laterally compressed, and covered with conical or knob-like tubercles over half to three-fourths of their surface. The species resembles Antipathes salix Pourtal├Ęs in branching pattern but differs in having shorter, wider spines with more numerous surface tubercles. Antipathes umbratica new species forms small irregularly branched colonies with straight branchlets set at very wide angles. Its axial spines are triangular, acute, laterally compressed, and covered with small, knob-like, or flattened and elongate tubercles over about half their surface.

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Publication date: 1996-01-01

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