Alcyonacea

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Taxonavigation

Kingdom: Animalia
Sub Kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super Phylum: Radiata
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Sub Class: Octocorallia
Order: Alcyonacea
Family: Alcyoniidae - Briaridae - Clavulariidae - Nephtheidae - Nidaliidae - Xeniidae


Introduction

Typically referred to as Soft Corals. This order of corals does not produce a calcium carbonate skeleton, instead they contain small skeletal elements called sclerites. These sclerites give the coral some degree of support and makes the flesh less attractive for predators. The shape and size of the sclerites provides a key method of species identification.

Characteristics

With very few exceptions have calcareous particles called sclerites within the tissue[1].

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References

  1. (Mather Bennett 1994): Mather, P., Bennett, I., A coral reef handbook, Surrey Beatty and Sons: Chipping Norton, 1994.