Antillogorgia americanais commonly referred to as Slimy Sea Lume. 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 Antillogorgia americana are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Antillogorgia americana, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Antillogorgia americana, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Antillogorgia americana forms large colonies, composed of numerous main branches with smaller pinnately arranged branchlets, feather-like plumose; as large as 1 m in height.
The branchlets long, slightly flattened, tapered, and 1.5-2.5 mm in diameter.
The gorgonian produces copious amounts of mucus.
Commonly purple to violet, occasionally pale yellow.
This coral lives in most reef environments, from shallow hard bottoms, patch reefs to deep clear water reeds along drop-offs.
Gorgonia americana Gmelin, 1791
Pseudopterogorgia americana (Gmelin, 1791)
Pterogorgia ellisiana Milne-Edwards & Haime, 1857
Very special thanks for the first photo of Eunicea laxispica to Prof. Dr. Charles Sheppard, UK.
Please have a look on Prof. Sheppards homepage "Coralpedia" too: https://coralpedia.bio.warwick.ac.uk/en/about