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sea fan

sea fan, colonial marine animal forming erect, flattened, branching colonies in tropical and subtropical waters. Colonies may be several feet high and are often colorful, with purples, reds, and yellows predominating. The individuals, or polyps (see polyp and medusa), have eight feathery tentacles and feed on plankton organisms. Sea fans are classified in the phylum Cnidaria, class Anthozoa, order Gorgonacea.

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deep-sea fan

deep-sea fan Fan-shaped body of sediment that accumulates at the lower end of a submarine canyon, either at the foot of the continental slope or on the continental rise.

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sea fan

sea fan See GORGONACEA.

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