Dead Mans Fingers (Alcyonium Palmatum)
Latin name: Alcyonium palmatum
Common name: Dead man's fingers
Also known as: Soft coral
Habitat: They attach to hard substrates.
Behaviour & size: This species forms slender and upright branching colonies up to 12cm tall. The polyps tend only to extend during strong currant surges or at night.
Colour: The body colour can vary from pale yellow and orange to red, but the polyps are always white.
Enemies: Heavily preyed upon by several nudibranch species.
Protected under Gibraltar's Nature Protection Ordinance