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Grasshoff, M. (2000). The gorgonians of the Sinai coast and the Strait of Gubal, Red Sea (Coelenterata, Octocorallia). Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. 224: 1-125.
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Grasshoff, M.
2000
The gorgonians of the Sinai coast and the Strait of Gubal, Red Sea (Coelenterata, Octocorallia)
Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg
224: 1-125
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A taxonomic evaluation of the gorgonians of the shores of the Sinai, the Strait of Gubal and the southern Gulf of Suez is presented. It is mainly based on material which has been collected by Israeli and German researchers in the last three decades. Additionally, the material of former descriptions has been re-studied; previous studies on this fauna date back to 1938-1940. Morphological characters and observations in the field permit the distinguishing of 47 species in 27 genera. These genera and 15 species are known from the tropical Indo-Pacific, 32 species only from the Red Sea, and 19 species are described as new. New species: Family Melithaeidae: Acabaria sinaica. Family Acanthogorgiidae: Acanthogorgia gubalensis, Anthogorgia caerulea, Muricella sayad. Family Plexauridae: Astrogorgia sara, Astrogorgia lea, Astrogorgia milka, Astrogorgia jiska, Acanthomuricea dina, Acanthomuricea silpa, Echinogorgia rebekka, Paraplexaura debora, Lapidogorgia batseba, Menella kanisa, Villogorgia mabahith, Paracis chawwa, Bebryce sulfurea. Family Ellisellidae: Verrucella klunzingeri, Verrucella gubalensis. The highest diversity of species inhabiting the reefs is in the southern part of the Sinai, where 30 species were found. In the northern shores of the Sinai near Eilat, only 16 of these species occur, and 16 different species have been obtained from deeper waters (at about 70 m, and at 168 m).
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Acabaria sinaica Grasshoff, 2000 accepted as Melithaea sinaica (Grasshoff, 2000) (original description)
Acanthogorgia gubalensis Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Acanthomuricea dina Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Acanthomuricea silpa Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Anthogorgia caerulea Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Astrogorgia jiska Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Astrogorgia lea Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Astrogorgia milka Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Astrogorgia sara Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Bebryce sulfurea Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Echinogorgia rebekka Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Lapidogorgia batseba Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Menella kanisa Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Muricella sayad Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Paracis chawwa Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Paraplexaura debora Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Rumphella torta (Klungzinger, 1877) (basis of record)
Verrucella gubalensis Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Verrucella klunzingeri Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)
Villogorgia mabalith Grasshoff, 2000 (original description)