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Calyptrophora microdentata Gorgonian

Calyptrophora microdentatais commonly referred to as Gorgonian. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for aquarium keeping. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


Profilbild Urheber Prof. Dr. Les Watling, Hawaii

Foto: Kelvin Seamount, New England Seamounts, Nord-Atlantik


Courtesy of the author Prof. Dr. Les Watling, Hawaii

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lexID:
13194 
AphiaID:
287655 
Scientific:
Calyptrophora microdentata 
German:
Tiefsee-Gorgonie 
English:
Gorgonian 
Category:
Sea Fans 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Alcyonacea (Order) > Primnoidae (Family) > Calyptrophora (Genus) > microdentata (Species) 
Initial determination:
Pasternak, 1985 
Occurrence:
North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Sea depth:
686 - 2310 Meter 
Size:
up to 8.27" (21 cm) 
Temperature:
3,79 °F - 8,37 °F (3,79°C - 8,37°C) 
Food:
Amphipods, Copepods, Invertebrates, Marine snow, Zooplankton 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
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Catalog of Life:
 
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Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2020-08-14 17:59:19 

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Very special thanks for his permission to use his great photos to Prof. Dr. Les Waitling, Hawaii.

In the depths of our oceans, where no human being can reach without specially built and equipped underwater vehicles (ROV, AUV, UUV), there live animals that are in no way inferior in beauty and grace to their tropical cousins, but in constant darkness.

One of these species is Calyptrophora microdentata, a fan-shaped growing deep-sea coral, which specializes in catching the smallest zooplankton and marine snow.
On the numerous branches of the gorgonian there are thousands of polyps which are responsible for the catch of the
Calyptrophora microdentata has been found on a number of deep sea mountains (extinct underwater volcanoes) such as the Nashville Seamount, the Kelvin Seamount, and the Corner Rise Seamounts,belonging to the New England Seamounts.
Other finds come from the Caribbean, the depths of the Lesser Antilles, west of Montserrat.

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