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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Alcyonaria/Octocorallia > Order Gorgonacea
Sea whip
Junceella sp.*
Family Ellisellidae
updated Mar 13

Where seen? This long unbranched colony of little animals is sometimes seen on Beting Bronok and our Northern shores as well as Tuas.

Features: 20-30cm long. Stem cylindrical and unbranched and has bumps all around. Small transparent to white polyps emerge from these bumps when the colony is submerged. Usually white, but sometimes yellow ones are seen.

According to Fabricius, in some species, the tip of the colony can detach to fall to the sea floor and grow up as a new sea whip.

A long unbranched colony of Asparagus sea fan may resemble a sea whip. Another species that has a long unbranched whip-like form is Viminella sp.

Pulau Sekudu, May 12

Beting Bronok, Jul 03

Beting Bronok, Jun 04

Tuas, Apr 05

Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display
Sea whips on Singapore shores

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Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map



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