Cnidarians-Anthozoans

Anthozoans are a diverse class of the phylum Cnidaria. There are more than 6100 described species, which include sea anemones, corals, sea fans, and sea pens. They do not have a medusa stage in their life cycle. Instead, polyps release sperm and eggs that form a planula larva, which settles and attaches to a substrate. Many species can also reproduce by budding. They inhabit coastal and oceanic waters throughout the world, from the intertidal to the deep sea. They commonly live attached to hard substrates such as rocks and shells, but some burrow in mud or sand. Many of the anthozoans in NEMESIS have been introduced as part of the fouling community on commercial ships, recreational boats and aquaculture species. The impacts of exotic anthozoans are varied, with many having no reported impacts, but some species can compete with and overgrow native species.



Species List

Bunodeopsis sp. A
Carijoa riisei
Diadumene franciscana
Diadumene leucolena
Diadumene lineata
Diadumene sp. 1
Hedera caerulescens
Nematostella vectensis
Sagartia elegans
Tubastraea coccinea
Tubastraea micranthus
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