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Whiting

Whiting

Egg of small-spotted catshark

Egg of small-spotted catshark

Small-spotted catshark

Small-spotted catshark

Broadnosed pipefish

Broadnosed pipefish

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Corkwing wrasse

Corkwing wrasse

European flounder

European flounder

European plaice

European plaice

Yarrell's blenny

Yarrell's blenny

Rock gunnel

Rock gunnel

Eelpout

Eelpout

Green crab

Green crab

Common starfish

Common starfish

Edible sea urchin

Edible sea urchin

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Dead mans fingers

Dead mans fingers

Facts

LatinAlcyonium digitatum
Size20 cm
FoodPlankton
HabitatOn stone and rocks in areas with strong water movement
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationEastern Atlantic
Map

A dead man's fingers

Dead man's fingers is a species of coral. It lives in colonies with white, yellow or orange clumps of lobes that resemble hands or fingers. It grows to a height of 25 cm and approx. 3 cm in diameter.

A coral in cold water

Dead man's fingers is one of the few corals that can survive in cold water. It is a soft coral. Therefore it does not form reefs like coral with calcium carbonate skeletons. Unlike tropical corals, dead man's fingers do not live in symbiosis with algae and are therefore not dependent upon light to survive.

Take an excursion

You will have to go diving to see the Danish coral dead man's fingers. It is found attached to stones, shipwrecks and shells in water deeper than 15 meters, where there is insufficient light for algae. You may be lucky enough to find it washed up on the beach.


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