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
 rough sea plumes   tortola
rough sea plumes tortola
 pretty purple colony
pretty purple colony

looe key, florida

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

tan variation indian key, florida

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

purple variation polyps open indian key, florida

bent sea rod  white variation
bent sea rod white variation

gaudeloupe

swollen-knob candleabrum
swollen-knob candleabrum

st. lucia

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

indian key, florida

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

encrusting colonies with black sea rods indian key. florida

bent sea rods   lavender variation
bent sea rods lavender variation

gaudeloupe

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

purple variation st. croix

 bent sea rods
bent sea rods

brown variation gaudeloupe

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

gaudeloupe

bent sea rods
bent sea rods

flat, red variation st. lucia

 bent sea rods  purple variation
bent sea rods purple variation

key largo, florida

 common sea fan
common sea fan

gray variation tortola

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

brown and white variations guadeloupe

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