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Free Content A new black coral (Anthozoa: Antipatharia) from a reef wall environment in Jamaica

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A new species of antipatharian coral is described from Jamaica. Antipathes rubusiformis forms sprawling colonies, which spread sideways beneath overhangs on steep cliffs below 20 m depth. Colonies are attached by multiple holdfasts that develop at the tips of recurved branches where they contact the substratum. Branches are thin, often curved and set at wide angles; branching is irregular. Axial spines are triangular, compressed, and finely papillose on the upper third of their surface. The species resembles Antipathes lenta, Pourtal├Ęs (1871), from which it differs by having longer, papillose spines and less regular branching, and Antipathes umbratica Opresko (1996), which forms more robust colonies with a single holdfast and longer spines.

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Publication date: January 1, 2004

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