List of sea anemone families

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Sea Anemones
Haeckel Actiniae.jpg
Color plate of "Actiniae" (an old term for Actiniaria) from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (1904).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Subclass: Hexacorallia
Order: Actiniaria

The Actiniaria form an order of animals in the class Anthozoa that includes sea anemones.


Rodriguez et al proposed a new classification for the Actiniaria based on extensive DNA results.[1]

Suborders, Superfamilies and Families included in Actiniaria are:

The older classification of the Actiniaria according to Calgren is as follows:[2]


  1. ^ Rodríguez, E., Barbeitos, M. S., Brugler, M.R., Crowley, L. M., Grajales, A., Gusmão, L., Häussermann, V., Reft, A. & Daly, M. (2104). Hidden among sea anemones: The first comprehensive phylogenetic reconstruction of the order Actiniaria (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) reveals a novel group of hexacorals. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096998
  2. ^ Carlgren O. (1949). A survey of the Ptychodactiaria, Corallimorpharia and Actiniaria. K Svenska VetenskapsAkad Handl 1: 1–121.

Actiniaria classification