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Family Anthothelidae

Erythropodium caribaeorum

(Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860)

Encrusting Polyps

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

Natural Environment: Inhabits coral reefs and rocky bottoms from depths between 3 - 40 feet (1 - 12 m).

Aquarium Suitability: Not collected for the trade.

Looks like and behaves like some of the Briareum species, as it incrusts hard substrates.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Octocorallia

    Order: Anlcyonacea

    Suborder: Scleraxonia

    Family: Anthothelidae

    Genus: Erythropodium

FYI: Shown here for identification only. Yet if available, would require strong lighting as it is photosynthetic, and would probably do well in aquaria.

 Erythropodium caribaeorum (Encrusting Polyps)
Photo © Vincent Hargreaves
Swiftia exserta Iciligorgia sp.
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