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Leptogorgia sarmentosa (Esper, 1791) 1.jpg
Leptogorgia sarmentosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Alcyonacea
Family: Gorgoniidae
Genus: Leptogorgia
Milne-Edwards, 1857
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Leptogorgia is a genus of soft coral in the family Gorgoniidae. The genus has a widespread distribution with members being found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Western Europe to South Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic coasts of North and South America, the Antilles and the Pacific coast of America. Species are found in both shallow and deep waters.[1]

New species found off the coast of Northern California in 2014

An as yet unnamed species of Leptogorgia was discovered off the coast of Sonoma County, California in November 2014, near the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries .[2][3]


The World Register of Marine Species lists the following species:[4]


  1. ^ Vafidis, Dimitris (2008). "First record of Leptogorgia sarmentosa (Octocorallia: Gorgoniidae) from the eastern Mediterranean Sea". Marine Biodiversity Records: 1–3. doi:10.1017/S1755267208000195. 
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  4. ^ "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species - Leptogorgia Milne-Edwards, 1857". Marinespecies.org. Retrieved 2012-06-19.