Plume-like sea fan off Key Largo coast, Florida, USA

- Image ID: BTEDFA
Plume-like sea fan off Key Largo coast, Florida, USA
Image ID: BTEDFA
Plume-like sea fan (scientific name: Muriceopsis flavida), off Key Largo coast, Atlantic Ocean, Florida Keys, USA, United States. One of several plume-like sea fans, this species (and genus) differs because the secondary branches originate from all sides of the main 'trunk', whereas in Pseudopterogorgia they branch pinnately, or from opposing sides. Muriceopsis flavida has relatively stubby, stout and stiff branchlets. The colony may reach 50 cm tall. Colour is usually pale, tinged with pink.
Location: Key Largo, Keys, Florida, United States, USA