Leptogorgia puniceais commonly referred to as Gorgonia. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The offspring of Leptogorgia punicea are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Leptogorgia punicea, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Leptogorgia punicea, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Leptogorgia punicea (Octocorallia, Gorgonaea) is a reddish purple species found in Brazil from the coast of Santa Catarina State in the south to Maranhã State in the north, sometimes these corals are even encountered in sometimes a tide pools.
Smaller colonies of this species can closely resemble Leptogorgia cardinalis or Leptogorgia miniata
The gorgonian serves as host to the brittle star Ophiothela mirabilis Verrill, 1867 among others, see the link below.
Host species of the non-indigenous brittlestarOphiothela mirabilis(Echinodermata:Ophiuroidea): an invasive generalist in Brazil?
Autoren: Marcelo Checoli Mantelatto, Lara Figueiredo Vidon, Rosana Beatriz Silveira, Carla Menegola,Rosana Moreira da Rocha und Joel Christopher Creed
Mantelattoet al. Marine Biodiversity Records (2016) 9:8 DOI 10.1186/s41200-016-0013-x