Anthozoa includes the sea anemones, sea pens, and corals.
Most corals reproduce asexually as well as sexually. The sexes are usually separate . A planula larvae is produced which is usually not dispersed very far from the parent colony.
The Subphylum Anthozoa is a member of the Phylum Acoelomorpha. Here is the complete "parentage" of Anthozoa:
- Domain: Eukaryota Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
The Subphylum Anthozoa is further organized into finer groupings including:
Anthozoa is a class within the phylum Cnidaria that contains the sea anemones and corals. Unlike other cnidarians, anthozoans do not have a medusa stage in their development. Instead, they release sperm and eggs that form a planula, which attaches to some substrate on which the cnidarian grows. Some anthozoans can also reproduce asexually through budding. More than 6,100 species have been described. [more]
At least 7,948 species and subspecies belong to the Class Anthozoa.
More info about the Class Anthozoa may be found here.
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