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Erythropodium caribaeorum, commonly known as the encrusting gorgonian or encrusting polyps, is a species of soft coral in the family Anthothelidae. It inhabits coral reefs and rocky bottoms in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida, growing at depths of 0.5 to 25 metres.[2]

Erythropodium caribaeorum
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Erythropodium caribaeorum in the Aquarium de La Rochelle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Alcyonacea
Family: Anthothelidae
Genus: Erythropodium
E. caribaeorum
Binomial name
Erythropodium caribaeorum
(Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860)[1]
  • Erythropodium carybaeorum Kölliker, 1865

E. caribaeorum is of interest from a drug discovery perspective because it produces eleutherobin, a diterpene glycoside with potential anticancer activity.[3]


  1. ^ "Erythropodium caribaeorum (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860)". WoRMS. 2015. Retrieved 2 Feb 2016.
  2. ^ "Erythropodium caribaeorum". SeaLifeBase. 2012. Retrieved 2 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ Singh R, Sharma M, Joshi P, Rawat DS (2008). "Clinical status of anti-cancer agents derived from marine sources". Anticancer Agents Med Chem. 8 (6): 603–617. doi:10.2174/187152008785133074. PMID 18690825.