Ellisella sp (Gray, 1858):
“long sea whip, Devil's sea whip

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CNIDARIA ANTHOZOA ALCYONACEA ELLISELLIDAE

Morphological Characteristics: They form large colonies can be up to 1 meter in length and these corals have no branches or any scattered and long (1-2 mm diameter polyps exclusive) classes. Shaft has no hollow core and is made of material limestone, which is increased by a concentric radial sectors. Generally the color of this colony is red, orange and white times. easily identified as they present a way to "whip" and come from the side walls of the base near the reefs. Colonies with several or many long, whip like branches. Red colonies, white. Sclerites are headed by dual spindles and short. Missing Zooxanthellae. With biseiat polyps in a row on each side in a slightly alternating pattern.

Bathymetric distribution: Octocorals are deep, there are records of these reefs to 25 meters deep.

Type locality: Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic, Indo-Pacific. South Carolina and we can also see the Brazilian coast, the archipelago of Abrolhos, Brazil.


Habitat and ecology: It is a coral that grows best in water temperature between 68-83 º F (20-28 º C); Found at various depths on reef slopes; This species can attain a very large size in some parts of the tropical Atlantic, arriving a few feet long and nearly an inch in diameter; Dwells deep clear water environments, especially on steep slopes and walls. Attached to rocky substrates.

Reproduction: Since most octocorals the Ellisella 2 presents forms of reproduction asexually from fragmentation where it is fragmented and the new body is stabilized on the ground and give a new start octocoral. and also reproduces sexually liberating form polyps and generating another organism; Most gorgonians have male and female separate colonies. In some eggs and sperm are released simultaneously to an external fertilization, but in most gorgonians female picks up the sperm, eggs and meditates.

Conservation status: The "IUCN" does not present data on this species and therefore can not understand how is the risk of extinction of this coral in the world. According to the ICM-Bio this choir presents no risk of extinction, see that he's not on the red list, or do not have data for this species.