Echinogorgia, Kolliker, 1865

Lam, Katherine & Morton, Brian, 2008, Soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) and black and wire corals (Ceriantipatharia: Antipatharia) from submarine caves in Hong Kong with a checklist of local species and a description of a new species of Paraminabea, Journal of Natural History 42 (9 - 12), pp. 749-780: 764

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Echinogorgia   sp. 2

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Colony spread in one plane with short, side branches that ramify into a fanlike, reticulate structure. The colony is pink with red monomorphic polyps. Calyx sclerites are of the Echinogorgia   type with several blade-like projections and tuberculate base processes. These sclerites are of 0.4 mm x 0.5 mm. Axis brown and flexible.


Echinogogia is widely distributed in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.


Two specimens, with sizes of 120 mm × 55 mm and 190 mm × 150 mm, were collected from Steep Island and Conic Island Caves.