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Letepsammia formosissima is one of 14 living species in the deep-sea coral family Micrabaciidae, some of which occur to a depth of 5000 meters. Based on research being done in part by Smithsonian scientist Stephen Cairns, the unique microstructure, unique gross morphology, and molecular sequencing analyses are all indicating this to be the most ancestral family in the order of stony corals. (Stephen Cairns, in litt. June 2010)

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