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Family Melithaeidae

Melithaea splendens

(Thomson & McQueen, 1908)

Red Gorgonian, Splendid Knotted Fan Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indian Ocean: Red Sea

Natural Environment: Inhabits dimly lit caves and also found under overhangs.

Aquarium Suitability: Not collected for the trade.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Octocorallia

    Order: Anlcyonacea

    Suborder: Scleraxonia

    Family: Melithaeidae

    Genus: Melithaea

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

 Melithaea splendens (Red Gorgonian, Splendid Knotted Fan Coral)
Photo © Bob Fenner
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