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Muricea californica


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lexID:
5703 
AphiaID:
287556 
Scientific:
Muricea californica 
German:
Kalifornische Gold Gorgonie 
English:
California Golden Gorgonian 
Category:
Gorgonier 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Alcyonacea (Order) > Plexauridae (Family) > Muricea (Genus) > californica (Species) 
Initial determination:
Aurivillius, 1931 
Occurrence:
West Coast USA, Californiske golf 
Sea depth:
12 - 30 Meter 
Size:
bis zu 90cm 
Temperature:
10°C - 24°C 
Food:
Marine snow, Dissolved organic substances, Amphipods, Detritus, azooxanthellat, nonphotosynthetic, Copepods, Suspended sediment , Foder specialist, zooplankton 
Difficulty:
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-07-22 14:08:33 

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Muricea californica Gray, 1859

Muricea californica, also known as the California Golden Gorgonian, is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Octocorallia (Subclass) > Alcyonacea (Order) > Holaxonia (Suborder) > Plexauridae (Family) > Muricea (Genus) > Muricea californica (Species)

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