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Corky sea finger
Briarium asbestinum
(Pallas, 1766)

The colony is composed of upright cylindrical branches of about 1 cm in diameter, which are jointed only at the common incrusting base and lower parts of the colony. The long, brown tentacles of the polyps give the species a hairy appearance. If touched, the tentacles will slowly retract, exposing a smooth to nodular surface with numerous small apertures, or openings, all over the branch. The branches can be 60 cm tall.

Purplish gray; polyps brownish.

Inhabit most reef environments, especially shallow fringing, patch and back reefs areas, to about 30 meters depth.

Abundant to common South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Corky sea finger (Briarium asbestinum)