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Ctenocella barbadensisDuchassaing & michelotti, 1864Ctenocella barbadensis
Common Name: devil's sea whip

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
CnidariaAnthozoaAlcyonaceaEllisellidaeCtenocellabarbadensis
Habitat
Inhabit deep, clear water environments, especially on steep slopes and walls. Attach to rocky substrate.
Distribution
Florida, Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Depth
65 - 1600 ft.
Characteristics
From Reef Coral Identification (Humann 1993): "Colonies form single, long, whip-like stalks that taper slightly from base to tip. Bright orange to orange-red to red; polyps white. Colony height: 2 - 8 ft. Base diameter: 0.25 - 0.5 in."
Other Literature
Bayer, F. M. and Grasshoff, M. 1994. The genus group taxa of the family Ellisellidae, with clarification of the genera established by J. E. Gray (Cnidaria: Octocorallia). Senckenbergiana Biologica. 74(1-2): 21-45
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByHector Guzman & Carlos Guevara (1998).

Photo by Juan A. Sanchez


STRI Taxonomy and Ecology of Caribbean Gorgonians and Black Corals Course 2007

LocalityIslas Bastimentos, Solarte, Carenero, Colon
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.
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