BIOTIC Species Information for Eunicella verrucosa
Researched byDr Keith Hiscock Data supplied byMarLIN
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General Biology
Growth formArborescent / Arbuscular
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Mobility/MovementPermanent attachment
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food typesSuspended matter including plankton HabitAttached
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
Height25-50 cm Growth Rate10 mm/year
Adult dispersal potentialNone DependencyIndependent
SociabilityColonial Host forTritonia nilsohdneri, Amphianthus dohrnii, Simnia patula.
General Biology Additional InformationThe sea fan anemone Amphianthus dohrnii specifically lives on sea fans. The sea slug Tritonia nilsohdneri feeds on sea fans and is camouflaged to look like the sea fan. The 'poached egg shell' Simnia patula feeds on sea fans and observations at Lundy (K. Hiscock, R. Irving pers. comm.) suggest that their egg laying might cause mortality (see 'Additional Information' in Adult Sensitivity). Other species colonize damaged or partially dead sea fans where the coenenchyme has been lost, especially barnacles, bryozoans and ascidians.
Biology References Anonymous, 1999(l),
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