Metallogorgia Versluys, 1902

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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Metallogorgia Versluys, 1902


Genus Metallogorgia Versluys, 1902  


(based on Versluys 1902; Nutting 1908; K√ľkenthal 1919). Main stem monopodial with a few branches occurring on the side. Axis round and solid with a smooth surface and strong metallic luster. Branches irregular, subdivided dichotomously with branchlets forming a sympodium. The coenenchyme usually thin with a few sclerites or not well differentiated this layer.

Type species.

Metallogorgia melanotrichos   (Wright & Studer, 1889)


Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, in a depth range of 567-2311 m ( Watling et al. 2011, and the present study).