Chrysogorgiid coral with Chirostylid crustacean

Chrysogorgiid coral with Chirostylid crustaceanChrysogorgiid coral with Chirostylid crustacean


The coral is a bushy chrysogorgiid. The crustacean is a Chirostylid squat lobster – note the long chelae and association with corals. It is probably either Gastroptychus sp. (likely) or Chirostylus sp.

Item Type:Image
Title:Chrysogorgiid coral with Chirostylid crustacean
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Morris, K. and Watling, L. and Roterman, N.
Date:12 September 2013
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) > Class Malacostraca (Crabs, krill, pill bugs, shrimps, prawns) > Order Decapoda (Crabs, lobsters, prawns, shrimps), Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Cnidaria (Cnidarians) > Anthozoa (Sea Anemones & Corals) > Alcyonacea (Soft Corals)
Species:Chrysogorgiidae., Gastroptychus sp.
Behaviour:Crustacean is hiding within the coral. This is a known association.
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Pweza-3
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):1382
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 113
Keywords:Chrysogorgia Chirostylid
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:14 August 2014

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