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New Species of Black Coral (Cnidaria: Antipatharia) from the Northern Gulf of Mexico


A new species of black coral, Antlpathes expansa (Cnldarla: Antlpatharla) from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Is described. The species Is distinguished from other westem Atlantic flabellate species by having large, conical, tuberculate spines. A. expansa resembles the lndo-Paclflc species Antlpathes cancellata (Brook) but differs In having a non-retlculate corallum and slightly larger polyps.