A novel tetracyclic diterpenoid, sarcophytin (1) has been reported from the soft coral, Sarcophyton elegans and its structure elucidated by 2D NMR spectral data and supported by X-ray analysis.
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Financial assistance from the DOD is gratefully acknowledged. We are thankful to the UGC, New Delhi for the award of SRF to Mrs. Sarada, to the CSIR, New Delhi for SRF to M.J.R.V. Venugopal and the DOD, New Delhi for SRF to G.V. Rao.