Scientists aim to describe a single 'tree of life' that reflects the evolutionary relationships of living things. However, evolutionary relationships are a matter of ongoing discovery, and there are different opinions about how living things should be grouped and named. EOL reflects these differences by supporting several different scientific 'classifications'. Some species have been named more than once. Such duplicates are listed under synonyms. EOL also provides support for common names which may vary across regions as well as languages.

Preferred marks the preferred classification for this taxon.

Recognized By Rank Classification
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013
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NatureServe resource Species
Global Biotic Interactions Species Import
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
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Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel Species
NCBI Taxonomy
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NMNH Invertebrate Zoology resource
DiscoverLife map resource
  • Gorgonia ventalina
OBIS Environmental Information
  • Gorgonia ventalina Linnaeus, 1758
OBIS depth range resource
Ocean Genome Resource- genomic DNA available
Sloan-CoML NameLink Project
  • Gorgonia ventalina
Animal Diversity Web Descriptions
Undersea Production test 2
Wikimedia Commons
iNaturalist Images Species


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