another term for Scleractinia.
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- 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.
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- 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: /-ˈre(ə)rēən/noun & adjective
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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