Encrusting Gorgonian

Encrusting Gorgonian (Erythropodium caribaeorum) has common and scientific names that are both fun to say! It is a Gorgonian, which is Class Anthozoa. Gorgonian’s are often referred to as “soft corals.” This species has long polyps that look like hairs swishing in the water. As you might guess, it basically encrusts whatever it is growing on.