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Rough sea plume
Muriceopsis flavida
(Lamarck, 1815)

Colonies form bushy clusters of tall, plume-like branches, up to 75 cm in height. Several long main branches give rise to numerous shorter branchlets, 5-8 cm in length. The slender branchlets, 2.5 mm in diameter, extend from all sides of the main branches. Often, secondary branches develop new plumes from the main branch. Very small, less than 1 mm, closely set apertures occur on all sides of the main branches and branchlets. The apertures have small, lower shelf-like lips, giving the surface a somewhat rough texture.

There is regional variation in coloration: specimens from the Caribbean are dull brown or buff-white, while specimens from other parts of the West Indies are purple tinged with yellow.

Inhabit most clear water patch reef environments.

Common Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Rough sea plume (Muriceopsis flavida)