Home|Search|Identify|Taxonomic tree|Quiz|About this site|Feedback
Developed by ETI BioInformatics
Characteristics, distribution and ecology
Taxonomische classification
Synonyms and common names
Literature references
Images, audio and video
Links to other Web sites

Long spine sea fan
Muricea pinnata
Bayer, 1961

Colonies have open pinnate branching in single planes; older colonies may be somewhat bushy, up to 45 cm. Branchlets short, stiff and widely spaced. Apertures bordered by a distinctive, long, sharp terminal spine.

Branches whitish to light gray or yellow-brown; polyps yellowish brown.

Inhabit clear water, moderate to deep fore reef environments.

Occasional Caribbean.

Long spine sea fan (Muricea pinnata)