‘Conservation of the gorgonian species Ellisella paraplexauroides in the Mediterranean Sea: a singular relict of the Pleistocene (CELMED)’

Grants for research teams

Ecology and Conservation Biology


The candelabrum gorgonian (‘Ellisella paraplexauroides’) is a rare coral of up to two meters height. The Mediterranean harbors just one population, a singular relict of the Pleistocene which survives on the shallow shelf (18-40 m) of the Chafarinas Islands (Spain).  In this project, eight Spanish and international researchers from five institutions will pursue the overall goal of generating knowledge for input to a population recovery plan to ensure the conservation of this vulnerable Mediterranean relict.