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Slimy sea plume
Pseudopterogorgia americana
(Gmelin, 1791)

Large colonies, composed of numerous main branches with smaller pinnately arranged branchlets, feather-like plumose; as large as 1 m in height. Branchlets long, slightly flattened, tapered, and 1.5-2.5 mm in diameter. Apertures small and oval, arranged in 2-3 rows on each of the narrow edges of the branches. It produces copious amounts of mucus.

Commonly purple to violet, occasionally pale yellow.

Inhabit most reef environments, from shallow hard bottoms, patch reefs to deep clear water reeds along drop-offs, down to 45 m.

Common Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Slimy sea plume (Pseudopterogorgia americana)