Also found in: Wikipedia.


n.1.(Zool.) A genus of fleshy Alcyonaria, its polyps somewhat resembling flowers with eight fringed rays. The term was also formerly used for certain species of sponges.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
All these species apart from Alcyonium digitatum showed a significant difference between fishing grounds (Table 2, Figure 4).
Roedd bysedd dynion marw (Alcyonium digitata; Dead man's fingers) yn amlwg iawn mewn un o'r tanciau, ac mae'r enw ar y rhain yn un disgrifiadol da.
Color variation is a feature that has been regarded as important at the time of defining taxonomic status for different species groups (Endler et al., 2005), including different groups of marine invertebrates such as the starfish genus, Echinaster (Tuttle & Lindahl, 1980), the anemone, Actinia equine (Linnaeus, 1767) (Quicke et al., 1983), the sponge, Oscarella lobularis (Schmidt, 1862) (Boury-Esnault et al., 1992); the soft coral, Alcyonium coralloides (Pallas, 1766) (McFadden, 1999), and the nemertean genus, Quasitetrastemma (Zaslavskaya et al., 2010).
Settlement and metamorphosis of a temperate soft-coral larva (Alcyonium siderium Verrill): induction by crustose algae.
Bacterial community structure associated with the Antarctic soft coral, Alcyonium antarcticum.
Divers also found seals swimming underwater and large expanses of the soft coral alcyonium digitatum, also known as dead man's fingers, near the Smalls, a remote set of rocks nearly 30 miles off the Pembrokeshire mainland.
Contributions of sexual and asexual reproduction to population structure in the clonal soft coral, Alcyonium rudyi.
On the coasts of Brittany and Monterey, the upper circumlittoral consists of mixed populations of corallinaceous algae (Mesophyllum, Lithothamnium, Lithophyllum), laminar rhodophytes (Rhodymenia, Fryeella, Phycodrys), and suspensivorous animals (sponges like Axinella, alcyonarians like Alcyonium, or Paralcyonium), but they do not form communities as complex as those in the Mediterranean.
The effects of flow on polyp-level prey capture in an octocoral, Alcyonium siderium.
The most abundant species identified in the video transects was dead man's fingers Alcyonium digitatum followed by ross coral Pentapora fascialis.