gorgonian gorgonian  /ɡɔr ˈɡoʊ ni ən/

Definition(s):

  • (n) corals having a horny or calcareous branching skeleton

Usage(s):

  • Together they snipped off specimens of the most familiar gorgonian, the purplish fan coral, and a variety of sponges (of which about 5,000 species are known).

News

  1. Scientists Describe Two New Gorgonian Soft Coral Species

    Pensoft Publishers Gorgonian s are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes. The existence of Medusa outside myth might be debatable, but gorgonian corals do exist and decorate our ocean with complex patterns and ...
    on November 16, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. The Gorgons of the Eastern Pacific: Scientists describe two new gorgonian soft coral species

    Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa -- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes. The existence of Medusa outside myth might be debatable, but gorgonian corals do exist and scientists describe two new beautiful species.
    on November 15, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. The Gorgons of the eastern Pacific: scientists describe 2 new gorgonian soft coral species

    ( Pensoft Publishers ) Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa -- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes. The existence of Medusa outside myth might be debatable, but gorgonian corals do exist and scientists describe two new beautiful ...
    on November 15, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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