Soft Corals

Millions of tiny animals building fans or rods or branches in quite an array of colors. 

The differences in these species are beyond my ability to discern. 

Any help with identification will be appreciated.

 

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 common sea fan  tortola
common sea fan tortola
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 rough sea plumes   tortola
rough sea plumes tortola
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 pretty purple colony
pretty purple colony

looe key, florida

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orange spiny sea rod   antigua
orange spiny sea rod antigua
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 warty sea rods    tortola
warty sea rods tortola
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 porous sea rods
porous sea rods

tan variation indian key, florida

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 six varieties  tortola
six varieties tortola
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porous sea rods
porous sea rods

purple variation polyps open indian key, florida

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bent sea rod  white variation
bent sea rod white variation

gaudeloupe

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swollen-knob candleabrum
swollen-knob candleabrum

st. lucia

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common sea fan   antigua
common sea fan antigua
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 common sea fan   tortola
common sea fan tortola
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corky sea finger  indian key, fl
corky sea finger indian key, fl
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wide mesh sea fan   antigua
wide mesh sea fan antigua
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sea fans  color variations
sea fans color variations
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common sea fan  st. kitts
common sea fan st. kitts
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common sea fan   looe key, fl
common sea fan looe key, fl
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 corky sea finger   indian key, fl
corky sea finger indian key, fl
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 corky sea fingers   foreground
corky sea fingers foreground

indian key, florida

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sea plumes  many colors  antigua
sea plumes many colors antigua
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corky sea finger
corky sea finger

encrusting colonies with black sea rods indian key. florida

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bent sea rods   lavender variation
bent sea rods lavender variation

gaudeloupe

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 bent sea rods
bent sea rods
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 slit pore sea rods
slit pore sea rods

purple variation st. croix

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 bent sea rods
bent sea rods

brown variation gaudeloupe

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shelf-knob sea rods  st. lucia
shelf-knob sea rods st. lucia
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bent rods in the deep blue sea
bent rods in the deep blue sea

gaudeloupe

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bent sea rods
bent sea rods

flat, red variation st. lucia

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 bent sea rods  purple variation
bent sea rods purple variation

key largo, florida

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 common sea fan
common sea fan

gray variation tortola

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 bent sea rods with company
bent sea rods with company
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 bent sea rods
bent sea rods

brown and white variations guadeloupe

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common sea fan   antigua
common sea fan antigua
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black sea rods   egmont key, florida
black sea rods egmont key, florida
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 porous sea rods   egmont key, fl
porous sea rods egmont key, fl
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 polyps open wide   indian key, fl
polyps open wide indian key, fl
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 venus sea fan  st. kitts
venus sea fan st. kitts
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 waving
waving
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 knobby sea rods   guadeloupe
knobby sea rods guadeloupe
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sea plumes  antigua
sea plumes antigua
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