A large colony of the bamboo coral Eknomisis dalioi at 1916 meters depth reaches out from Rehoboth Seamount.

A large colony of the bamboo coral Eknomisis dalioi at 1916 meters depth reaches out from Rehoboth Seamount. This colony was sampled during the 2005 NOAA-OE sponsored mission Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones. Upon further taxonomic analysis in the lab it was determined to be a new species and is one of the type specimens. The genus name comes from the Greek “eknomios” which means marvelous or wonder, and the species was named in honor of Ray Dalio on the occasion of his retirement from the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It was formally published in 2011. Image Courtesy of the Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones Science Party, IFE , URI-IAO, and NOAA.

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