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Giant slit-pore sea rod
Plexaurella nutans
(Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860)

Colonies very tall with thick stalks and sparse, dichotomous branching; up to 1.3 m in height. End branches thick, 10-15 mm in diameter, and can be very long, up to 1 m. The ends of the branches are usually club-shaped. Apertures widely spaced and each is usually elevated on a small mound. The apertures are 2-2.5 mm in diameter and range from nearly circular to slit like in shape.

Pale gray to tan or light brown.

Inhabit patch and fore reefs in clear waters.

Common to occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Giant slit-pore sea rod (Plexaurella nutans)