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Madreporaria Line breaks: Mad¦re|por|aria
Pronunciation: /ˌmadrɪpəˈrɛːrɪə/

Definition of Madreporaria in English:

plural noun

Another term for Scleractinia.
Example sentences
  • Madreporaria have greatly variable shapes widely depending on the physical and chemical conditions of the environment.
  • Madreporaria are closely related to the Actiniaria (the common sea anemone), but unlike the latter, they produce a calcium carbonate skeleton and have less developed muscles and ciliated body walls.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Another factor contributing to the propagation of this disease is the decline of the madreporarians, which has cleared newly available surfaces for colonisation by the macro-algae which provide G. toxicus with an ecological niche.
  • These conditions favour the construction of coral complexes by madreporarians.
Pronunciation: /ˌmadrɪˈpɔː/
Example sentences
  • The edge of the drop-off is punctuated by large formations of madrepores with contorted outlines.
  • Their characteristic feature is the mouth, which has two robust incisor teeth that are joined and create a ‘beak’ that can easily break madrepores and pick up tiny algae off the rocks.
  • It is an extraordinary sight, like scattered carpets flung down, rich brown and gold, blue-white and green, with fans of plate coral and the occasional madrepore or staghorn standing above it.


Modern Latin (plural), from Madrepora (genus name), from Italian, probably from madre 'mother', with reference to the prolific growth of the coral.

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