CLASSIFICATION OF TELESTO

PHYLUM :- COELENTRATA (Tissue grade, diploblastic and acoelomate. )

CLASS :- ANTHOZOA OR ACTINOZOA (Only polypoid generation. sedentary, solitary, colonial.)

SUB-CLASS :- OCTOCORALLIA (Polyps with 8 tentacles, bioluminescent. )

ORDER :- TELESTACEA (Simple or branched stem.)

GENUS :- Telesto

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Found along Atlantic coast.

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • Telesto is a marine sedentary and colonial Actinozoa.

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GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF TELESTO

  • Colony consist of simple or branched stem. which arises from a creeping base.
  • Stem is formed by elongation of a single polyp.
  • Stem bears lateral polyps with alternate arrangement and vertical tubes. 
  • Lateral polyps originated by way of solenial networks as in Pennatulacea. 
  • Spicules may be somewhat united by calcareous and horny secretions. tube
  • Another telestacean genus differs from Telesto in having branched colony resembling a gorgonian.
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IDENTIFICATION

  • The animal bears lateral polyps with alternate arrangements and all above characters, hence it is Telesto.
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