Size: To 20 cm tall.
General: Coloration of the tentacles and the distal regions of the polyps (anthocodiae) is salmon pink; basal portion of polyps white; the holdfast and lower region of the stalk are white; the branches of the stalk and the middle to upper parts of stalk are pale pink. The coloration is permanent and was observed in situ and in all preserved specimens as well, including those collected in 1973. Polyps non-retractable.
Ocean range (global): Vancouver Island, British Columbia to southern California seamounts.
Habitat description: Benthic, hard substrate; sponges (live and dead).
Published depth range: 500 - 2500 m
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Williams, G.C. and L. Lundsten (2009). The nephtheid soft coral genus Gersemia (Marenzeller, 1878) with the description of a new species from the northeast Pacific and a review of two additional species (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea). Zoologische Mededelingen, 83: 1067-1081.
Citation: Gersemia juliepackardae (Williams & Lundsten 2009) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Gersemia%20juliepackardae. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2021-10-21.