gorgonin


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gorgonin

[′gȯr·gə·nən]
(biochemistry)
The protein, frequently containing iodine and bromine, composing the horny skeleton of members of the Gorgonacea; contains iodine and bromine.
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Gorgonian corals are also flexible, but their skeletal systems consist of a horny substance called gorgonin. Some of these coral types contain symbiotic microalgae, genus Symbiodinium, and are generally called zooxanthellae [7].
The focus of this study is Caribbean members of the genus Pseudopterogorgia (Alcyonacea: Gorgoniidae), Like all of the gorgoniids, individuals in this genus form plumelike colonies consisting of central branches and smaller side branches, branchlets, all of which are supported by an axis composed of gorgonin (solidified collagen) (Goldberg, 1976).