Photo by Peter Southwood

Photo by Peter Southwood

"Dreadlocks" at Coral Gardens, Rooi Els.
Photo Guido Zsilavecz
Dreadlocks Myriothela tentaculata
"Dreadlocks" is a hydroid. Each white "finger" with a base of "beaded" threads is an animal, reaching about 10 - 15 in length. The "beads", as can be seen, can vary in colour. The species was described from a single specimen dredged up from 43 m near Slangkop in 1966. In 2004/2005 Peter Southwood photographed several off deeper dive sites on the Atlantic, including Vulcan Rock. It also has been seen at Whittle Rock, and at Coral Gardens, Rooi Els. All sightings were in waters in excess of 20 m.
SURG is trying to establish at which dive sites it may occur.
Please send your observations, preferably with a photo, to the editor at SURG.
SURG References:
News, 27 December 2005
Q and A, 26 June 2005, updated 3 July 2005, 10 July 2005, 31 July 2005
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