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Bent sea rod
Plexaura flexuosa
Lamouroux, 1821

A very common species with a variable outward appearance: small colonies are profusely and dichotomously branched; larger colonies are bushy, but tend to spread in one plane. Colonies up to 40 cm. Diameter of end branches 2.5-4.5 mm. Rim of apertures only slightly raised, sometimes forming a small lip below the aperture.

Color variable ranging from white through yellow, brown, purple to reddish purple; polyps occasionally lighter than the stalk.

Inhabit clear water patch reefs, down to 50 m.

Common Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Bent sea rod (Plexaura flexuosa)