Nephthyigorgia annectens ( Thomson & Simpson, 1909 )

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: 754-755

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.1080/00222930701862708

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03D0879E-5C37-2368-9069-3C94FE0FFE28

treatment provided by

Carolina

scientific name

Nephthyigorgia annectens ( Thomson & Simpson, 1909 )
status

 

Nephthyigorgia annectens ( Thomson & Simpson, 1909)  

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Siphonogorgia annectens Thomson & Simpson, 1909:134–135   , fig. 62–63; Thomson & Dean 1931:153, 166–167

? Nephthyigorgia pinnata Kükenthal, 1910:65  

Nephthyigorgia annectens Macfadyen, 1936:64–65  

Description

Colony red. Stout branches and finger-like branchlets lie almost in one plane. Verrucae are either cone-shaped or cylindrical, 2 mm broad at the base and 2–3 mm in height. Sclerites in verrucae are, 2mm long and 0.5 mm wide. Sclerites in stem are similar, but, 2.6 mm in length. These are covered with low, simple warts. Anthocodiae wholly retracted. Armature comprises crowns and points. Crown composed of curved, smooth sclerites up to 0.5 mm long whereas points comprise between 6–8 straight or slightly curved sclerites. Point sclerites are usually arranged either longitudinally or in a fan, sometimes placed en chevron. Sclerites absent in canal walls of branches. Sclerites in stem interior are up to 3.5 mm in length and 0.5 mm in diameter and covered with low warts. Sclerites are deep red, except for yellow anthocodial ones.

Type locality

Puri Crissa Coast (southwest of Calcutta, depth 18 m), Indian Ocean. Distribution  

Indian Ocean, Malay Archipelago, Great Barrier Reef, Hong Kong.

Remarks

This species is a new record for Hong Kong. An in-aquarium photograph of it from Hong Kong has been shown and identified as Nephthyigorgia   sp. by Fabricius and Alderslade (2001:133, fig. 3). A single specimen (110 mm × 90 mm) was collected from Conic Island Cave.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Cnidaria

Class

Anthozoa

Order

Alcyonacea

Family

Nidaliidae

Genus

Nephthyigorgia

Loc

Nephthyigorgia annectens ( Thomson & Simpson, 1909 )

Lam, Katherine & Morton, Brian 2008
2008
Loc

Nephthyigorgia annectens

Macfadyen 1936: 64 - 65
1936
Loc

Nephthyigorgia pinnata Kükenthal, 1910:65

Kukenthal 1910: 65
1910
Loc

Siphonogorgia annectens

Thomson & Simpson 1909: 134 - 135
1909