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Muricea muricataPallas, 1766Muricea muricata
Common Name: Spiny sea fan

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
CnidariaAnthozoaAlcyonaceaPlexauridaeMuriceamuricata
Habitat
Wide range of shallow to moderate environments
Distribution
Florida, Caribbean
Depth
0 - 60 ft.
Characteristics
From Reef Coral Identification : Low, broad, fan-shaped colonies, branched laterally with only occasional dichotomous secondary branching, all in single planes. Branches tend to be tightly compacted. Hard, rough calyces with sharply spike tips extend prominently. Pale yellowish brown to light brown; polyps white. Colony height: 4 - 12 in.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByGuzman and Guevara (1998, 1999, 2001)
Sampling methodsDive Coral Transect
LocalityIsla Pastores, Cristobal, Popa, Cayo Agua, Península de Valiente y Río de Calovébora
Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub
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Reference
Collin, R. et al. 2005. Photographic Identification Guide to some Common Marine Invertebrates of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Caribbean Journal of Science. 41(3): 638-707.

Guzmán, H. M. & C. A. Guevara. 1998. Arrecifes coralinos de Bocas del Toro, Panamá: II. Distribución, estructura y estado de conservación de los arrecifes de las Islas Bastimentos, Solarte, Carenero y Colón. Rev. Biol. Trop. 46(4): 889-912.

Guzman, H.M. & C. Guevara. 1999. Arrecifes coralinos de Bocas del Toro, Panamá: III. Distribución, estructura, diversidad y estado de conservación de los arrecifes de las islas Pastores, Cristóbal, Popa y Cayo Agua. Rev. Biol. Trop., 47(4): 659-676.

Guzman, H.M. & C. Guevara. 2001. Arrecifes coralinos de Bocas del Toro, Panamá: IV. Distribución, estructura y estado de conservación de los arrecifes continentales de Península Valiente. Rev. Biol. Trop. 49(1): 53-66.

Humann, Paul. 1993. Reef Coral Identification. New World Publications, Inc. Jacksonville, FL. p.42.
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