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Paragorgia johnsoni

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Image courtesy of Les Watling/NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration/URI-IFE / Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Les Watling/NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration/URI-IFE
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Courtesy of the author Prof. Dr. Les Watling, Hawaii Image detail


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lexID:
12530 
AphiaID:
125419 
Scientific:
Paragorgia johnsoni 
German:
Tiefsee-Gorgonie, Kaugummikoralle 
English:
Deep Sea Fan, Bubblegum Coral 
Category:
Hornkoraller (Gorgonier) 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Alcyonacea (Order) > Paragorgiidae (Family) > Paragorgia (Genus) > johnsoni (Species) 
Initial determination:
Gray, 1862 
Occurrence:
Madeira, Azorerna, Bahamas, Brasilien, Centrala Atlanten, Europeiska kusten, Karibien, Medelhavet, Nordatlanten, Västra Atlanten 
Sea depth:
545 - 4152 Meter 
Size:
bis zu 120cm 
Temperature:
4°C - 12,5°C 
Food:
Marine snow, azooxanthellat, nonphotosynthetic, zooplankton 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-11-05 14:52:06 

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Very special thanks for the first photo of Paragorgia johnsoni to Prof. Dr. Les Watling, Hawaii.
The photo was taken during a deep-sea-exploration of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration/URI-IFE on the Manning Seamount in the Atlantic Ocean, far away from the coast of Massachusetts, USA.

Since no sunlight can penetrate into these enormous and cold depths, these corals must have specialized in catching plankton to gain the necessary life energy.
Paragorgia johnsoni achieves this through a very large, fan-net-like surface structure.
Deep sea corals often feed on a continuously sinking marine snow.


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