Thread-like tentacles in the Mediterranean corals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum
The occurrence of modified tentacles (i.e. thread-like tentacles) in the Mediterranean octocorals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum is reported. Colonies of four species of Mediterranean gorgonians were maintained in aquarium conditions for more than 5 months. The development of thread-like tentacles has been observed only in two of the four species. The presence of modified tentacles in other cnidarians has been usually associated with defensive/aggressive behavior. Our observations showed that thread-like tentacles in P. clavata and C. rubrum can also be used for feeding.
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LOPEZ-GONZALEZ, P. J., BRAMANTI, L., ESCRIBANO-ÁLVAREZ, P., BENEDETTI, M.-C., MARTÍNEZ-BARALDÉS, I., & MEGINA, C. (2018). Thread-like tentacles in the Mediterranean corals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum. Mediterranean Marine Science, 19(2), 394–397. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.13807
- Vol. 19 No. 2 (2018)
- Short Communication
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