:  Acanthogorgiidae
Taxonomy: Alcyonacea: Acanthogorgiidae (Octocorals)
Body Form: The Acanthogorgiidae lack sclerites in the body wall along with a wide and chambered central chord. Their polyps are non-retractile but can fold to withdraw them. The outer skin is thin.
Diet: The octocorals are generally polytrophic - getting nutrition from zooxanthellae (algae) in their tissues, nutrient uptake from the seawater, and feeding on microplankton.    Care Level:  moderate
Natural History: The acanthogorgiids are generally found from moderate depth waters.
Blueberry Gorgonian