CLASSIFICATION OF DENDROPHYLLIA
KINGDOM :- ANIMALIA ( Multicellular eukaryotic organisms)
PHYLUM :- COELENTRATA OR CNIDARIA (Tissue grade, diploblastic and acoelomate. )
CLASS :- ANTHOZOA OR ACTINOZOA (Only polypoid generation. sedentary, solitary, colonial.)
SUB-CLASS :- HEXACORALLIA (Tentacles and mesenteries in multiple of five or six.)
ORDER :- SCLERACTINIA (Stony corals with compact calcareous exoskeleton.)
FAMILY :- DENDROPHYLLIIDAE ( Most members are azooxanthellate and thus have to capture food with their tentacles instead of relying on photosynthesis to produce their food.)
GENUS :- Dendrophyllia
Found in tropical and sub-tropical waters.
HABIT AND HABITAT
Dendrophyllia is a marine, colonial compound coral.
GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF DENDROPHYLLIA
- Animal is tree-like.
- Corallites are not in close contact with one another but tree-like.
- Corallites originate from a common calcareous stem.
- Stem or coenenchyme is formed by calcification of the coenosarc.
- Each corallite or polyp contains a centrally placed mouth, surrounded by whorl of small tentacles.
- Reproduction by budding.
The colony has tree-like corallite and all above characters hence it is Dendrophylia