Atoda, Kenji Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Pandolfi, John M. Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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An order of the subclass Hexacorallia (Zoantharia) which comprises the true or stony corals. Members of the order Scleractinia are solitary (Fig. 1a) or colonial anthozoans which attach to a firm substrate. They are profuse in tropical and subtropical waters and contribute to the formation of coral reefs or islands. Some species are free and unattached. See also: Anthozoa; Hexacorallia; Reef
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