gorgonians

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Sea Anemones, Actiniaria, Alcyonacea, Cnidaria, Frilled Anemone, Gorgonian, Sea Whips or Sea Fans and a Gewone Rivierkreeft (Astacus/fluviaitis); 19th century steel-plate engravings.

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this is the first ever recorded birth of Pygmy Seahorses also known as Bargibant’s seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), gif based on work done by researcher at the Steinhart Aquarium and California Academy of Science.

Pygmy seahorses are morphologically distinct from all other seahorses.  Apart from their extremely small size, they have a single gill opening on the back of the head (all other seahorses have a pair of gill openings either side of the head) and the young are brooded within the male’s trunk rather than a pouch on the tail.

 Bargibant’s seahorse lives only on one genus of gorgonian coral, Muricella spp

  • Image and footage by Rich Ross
  • video: California Academy of Science
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Gorgonian Wrapper (Nemanthus annamensis)

Also known as the Zebra-striped Gorgonian Wrapper as an reference to its coloration, the Gorgonain Wrapper is a species of colonial sea anemone found throughout the Indo-Pacific. This cnidarian is commonly found in strings of individual polyps all of which with individual tentacles.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Actiniaria-Nemanthidae-Nemanthus-annamensis

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Gorgonian Horned Shrimp (Miropandalus hardingi)

Also known as the dragon shrimp or black coral shrimp Miropandalus hardingi a species of pandalid shrimp that occurs throughout the New Caledonian and Reunion Exclusive Economic Zones. Like its common name suggests M. hardingi spends most of its life on the branches of gorgonians and whip corals (although they are more often seen on whip coral). They immense variation of colors and their coloration often matches that of its host. They spend their entire lives on the coral feeding on passing organic materials and using the corals stinging tentacles for protection. H. hardingi's “horns” are also thought to mimic the coral's stinging tentacles to deter further predation

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Pleocyemata-Caridea-Pandloidea-Pandalidae-Miropandalus-M. hardingi

Images: liquidguru and TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)

The Coral Jungle

The undersea world is filled with coral jungles trees in their colorful forests. Here’s a post by Walt Stearns at http://www.deeperblue.com/ with images of the coral jungle.

Red sea fan and fish with landscape | Photo: Walt Stearns

The saying “can’t see the forest for the trees” refers to a person’s tendency to focus on the details to the point of missing the big picture.

Divers certainly have…

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Scientists Describe Two New Gorgonian Soft Coral Species

Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes. The existence of Medusa outside myth might be debatable, but gorgonian corals do exist and decorate our ocean with complex patterns and vibrant colors.

 A recent study in the open access journal Zookeys reveals two new species of these beautiful soft coral species, discovered in the waters of the Pacific. The two new species belong to the gorgoniid genus Eugorgia, which is exclusively found in the eastern Pacific. It has a wide geographic and bathymetric range of distribution, found from California to Peru and extends down to 65 m deep. Read more here
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We got some new corals (the yellow one on the left and the big fuzzy one in the back right - golden hammer and gorgonian) but I wanted to share my lament, taking pictures with these camera whore fish…..like get the fuck out of the way morons