Pink Sea Fan (Eunicella Verrucosa)
Latin name: Eunicella verrucosa
Common name: Pink sea fan
Other names: White Gorgonian
Distribution: Mediterranean, Atlantic.
Habitat: Attached to rocks and vertical cliff walls via holdfast from depths of 15 metres and deeper.
Behaviour: Their fan-like structures lie across the current to collect food particles. The numerous small polyps on the branches capture plankton.
Size: Up to 30 cm.
Shape: They are branched in one plane, forming large fan-like structures. Carries numerous small polyps on branches.
Colour: Pink or white tissue supports brown skeleton.
Enemies: Sea fans serve as hosts for many shrimps and gastropods.
Did you know? Their growth rate is 1.5 - 4.5cm per year, so a 50 cm colony is several decades old. Care must be taken as it takes many years to replace a branch carelessly broken off.
Protected under Gibraltar's Nature Protection Ordinance