Desmophyllum dianthus has had several names since its initial discovery.

Desmophyllum dianthus has had several names since its initial discovery. Sometimes it is called the cockscomb coral for their elaborate septae – the fine blades that divide the coral tissue that are evident in this image. Clusters such as this  may be clones, and we have taken genetic materials to confirm this hypothesis. Image courtesy of Art Howard, Deepwater Canyons 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.

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