Coral Guide

Purple Whip Gorgonian   (Pterogorgia anceps)
Family: Gorgoniidae (Octocorals)
Habitat: A variety of different locations, but many species in shallow high energy environments.
Light: Medium   Water Flow: Medium   Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: This gorgonian is photosynthetic.
Natural History: This gorgonian is most commonly found in areas with high flow and surge. It produces a number of lactones (ancepsenolide) that may be used as pharmaceutical agents.
Husbandry: The Purple Whipo Gorgonian is very tolerant of a variety of lighting conditions. In an aquarium they seem to thrive best with moderate water flow and lighting. It is vulnerable to blue-green bacterial disease. Temperatures above 88F are lethal for this gorgonian.

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