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Article Title

Redescription and Taxonomic Comparison of Three Eastern Pacific Species of Muricea (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)

Volume

95

Issue

3

First Page

127

Last Page

140

Abstract

Colony morphology, sclerite analysis, color pattern and habitat can be used to differentiate between two common species of gorgonians, Muricea fru- ticosa and M. californica, in southern California. Examination of type material indicates that M. appressa (Verrill) is not a synonym of M. californica, but con- siderable taxonomic confusion still exists regarding the nomenclature of eastern Pacific species of Muricea.