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Muricea

Muricea is a genus of horn corals or gorgonians from the Caribbean. They form a skeleton of the flexible, horn-like material gorgonine, which is covered by fine tissue in which the calcareous skeletal needles typical of soft corals are embedded. We are still somewhat uncertain about the exact species classification, as there are few sources for species identification of gorgonians. We use the genus for species with predominantly straight branches with little branching and a rougher structure. In general, Muricea are not very demanding, but the current should preferably be laminar, as with all horn corals. Low demands are made on water quality. The corals are zooxanthellate and can feed purely on light, and they can withstand high light levels. Feeding with plankton or powdered food is possible, but not necessary.

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