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Warty Eunicea
Eunicea calyculata
(Ellis & Solander, 1786)

Description:
Colony tall, up to 1 m in height and about half as broad; dichotomously branching, not in a single plane. End branches long, up to 17 cm, cylindrical, stout, 8-16 mm in diameter, and uniform in diameter throughout. Calices are low and gaping and occur on small mounds.

Color:
Extended polyps give the colony a yellowish brown appearance.

Habitat:
Inhabit most reef environments, from 3 to 32 m, but more abundant inshore.

Distribution:
Common Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Remarks:
E. calyculata is distinguished from all other species of Eunicea by having long, stout branches and a colony not shaped like a candelabrum.

Warty Eunicea (Eunicea calyculata)