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

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Found in tropical and sub-tropical waters.

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • Dendrophyllia is a marine, colonial compound coral.

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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.
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IDENTIFICATION

  • The colony has tree-like corallite and all above characters hence it is Dendrophylia

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