Redescription and Taxonomic Comparison of Three Eastern Pacific Species of Muricea (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)
Wicksten, Mary K.
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Colony morphology, sclerite analysis, color pattern and habitat can be <br /><br />used to differentiate between two common species of gorgonians, Muricea fru- <br /><br />ticosa and M. californica, in southern California. Examination of type material <br /><br />indicates that M. appressa (Verrill) is not a synonym of M. californica, but con- <br /><br />siderable taxonomic confusion still exists regarding the nomenclature of eastern <br /><br />Pacific species of Muricea.