Chrysogorgia Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864

Xu, Yu, Zhan, Zifeng & Xu, Kuidong, 2020, Morphology and phylogenetic analysis of five deep-sea golden gorgonians (Cnidaria, Octocorallia, Chrysogorgiidae) in the Western Pacific Ocean, with the description of a new species, ZooKeys 989, pp. 1-37 : 1

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Chrysogorgia Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864


Genus Chrysogorgia Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864


(based on Xu et al. 2020). Colony branching usually sympodial, occasionally monopodial, arising from a single ascending spiral (clockwise or counterclockwise, bottlebrush-shaped colony), a fan (planar colony), two fans emerging from a short main stem (biflabellate colony), or an unbranched main stem forming a tree-shaped colony. Axis with a metallic shine, dark to golden in color. Branch subdivided dichotomously or pinnately. Most polyps relatively large to the size of the branches they sit on, few in number and well separated from one another. Sclerites in the form of spindles, rods, scales, and rare plates with little ornamentation.

Type species.

Chrysogorgia desbonni Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864, by monotypy.


Worldwide in a depth range of 10-4492 m ( Watling et al. 2011).