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Grooved-blade sea whip
Pterogorgia guadalupensis
Duchassaing & Michelin, 1846

Colonies heavily branched, more or less in single planes; colonies up to 60 cm in height. Branches long, flexible, quite flat and wide, tapering somewhat from the base to the end. Polyps extend from a groove that runs along the thin edges.

Branches olive to gray, occasionally light purple; polyps white to cream.

Inhabit a wide range of inshore environments, from back reef areas of sand and rubble to patch reefs of moderate depth.

Occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Grooved-blade sea whip (Pterogorgia guadalupensis)