Definition of Zoantharia in English:

Zoantharia

Line breaks: Zo¦an|tharia
Pronunciation: /ˌzəʊanˈθɛːrɪə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A group of coelenterates with polyps that bear more than eight tentacles, including the sea anemones and stony corals.
    • Subclass Zoantharia, class Anthozoa
    More example sentences
    • The Zoantharia includes the ‘true’ corals and most sea anemones, and it is by far the best represented in the fossil record.
    • Sometimes the subclass Zoantharia is used instead, in which case hexacorals are included with Rugose corals and Horny Corals (Cerantipitharia).
    • The main anthozoan subclass, which includes the corals, is the Zoantharia.

Derivatives

zoantharian

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • Chaetodon capistratus is a browser who feeds on anthozoans preferring hexacoral such as scleractinians, anemones, and zoantharians.
  • Specimens of Aeolidiopsis ransoni are found living on colonial zoantharians of the genus Palythoa.
  • Of particular interest in this volume is the review of Sympagurus hermit crabs, some of which live in symbiosis with sea-anemones or zoantharians than can produce pseudo-shells.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek zōion 'animal' + anthos 'flower'.

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