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Wright and Studer, 1889

Chironephthya (2)

Type species: I was unable to find any type species designation.

Total number of species estimated: 20.

Description: Colonies heavely branched, resembling gorgonians. Polyps scattered on stalk and main branches as well as at the end of terminal branchlets. Calyces prominent. Stem and main branches almost hollow. Brightly coloured pink, purple, red, yellow, orange. Sclerites are spindles. Zooxanthellae absent.

Habitat: On slopes, walls, and hanging in caves.

Range: Widespread in tropical Indo-Pacific.

Remarks: For a long period Chironephthya was considered as a synonym of Siphonogorgia. Therefore a type species has not yet been chosen.

Genus Chironephthya