Eunicea succinea

Super Group: 
Eukaryota
Phylum: 
Cnidaria
Class: 
Anthozoa
Order: 
Alcyonacea
Family: 
Plexauridae
Genus: 
Eunicea
Species: 
succinea
Authority: 
(Pallas, 1766)

Diagnosis

Colony Form: Candelabrum or bushy mainly in one plane with branches arising near colony base; usually <60 cm but up to 1 m tall. Morphotype plantaginea with fewer, more slender branches.
Axis: Cylindrical in cross-section.
Branches: Few and separated to profuse and crowded; ~7 mm across, usually >50% colony height. Morphotype plantaginea with branches 20-25 cm long, 3-5 mm across.
Apertures: Hemispherical with lower lip; calices recognizable by diagonally upward protrusion. Rows of calices sometimes spiral along branches.
Mucus: Absent.
Color: Ochre. Dries dark brown to tan. Light brown polyps.
Sclerites: Polyp armature: small flattened rods. Axial layer: purple spindles 0.13-0.5 mm long, with simple to laterally deformed ornaments. Middle layer: large transparent spindles to 2 mm long and usually thin, 0.09-0.2 mm across. Surface layer: dense torch-like clubs 0.13-0.35 mm long.

Observation site(s)

SYMBIONTS

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Symbiodinium- clade B Quintana Roo Cancun
VAN OPPEN MJH, MIEOG JC, SANCHEZ CA, FABRICIUS KE (2005) Diversity of algal endosymbionts (zooxanthellae) in octocorals: the roles of geography and host relationships. Molecular Ecology 14:2403 - 2417. doi: 10.1111/mec.2005.14.issue-810.1111/j.1365-294X.2005.02545.x

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