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Colorful sea whip
Leptogorgia virgulata
(Lamarck, 1815)

Colonies form long, straight, stiff, moderately branched, whip-like stalks. Colonies can reach a length of 45 cm. Polyps in multiple rows along two sides. Calyces do not protrude when the polyps are retracted.

Stalks highly variable in color, including shades of lavender, violet, purple, red, orange and yellow. Polyps translucent white.

Inhabit most environments, especially in areas with hard substrate and some sand, down to 40 m.

Common Florida, rare Caribbean.

Colorful sea whip (Leptogorgia virgulata)