Red and Golden Gorgonians underwater, Chromis punctipinnis

Red gorgonians and California golden gorgonians on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by. San Clemente Island, USA, Chromis punctipinnis, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis, Muricea californica, natural history stock photograph, photo id 30912
Red gorgonians and California golden gorgonians on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by. San Clemente Island, USA

Species: Blacksmith, California golden gorgonian, Red gorgonian, Chromis punctipinnis, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Image ID: 30912
Format: Digital 3:2
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