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Nephthyigorgia sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Alcyonacea
Family: Nidaliidae
Gray, 1869 [1]
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Nidaliidae is a family of soft corals in the phylum Cnidaria. Some members of this family are similar in appearance to gorgonians (sea fans). They are difficult to keep in the reef aquarium because they do not contain symbiotic zooxanthellae and therefore need to be fed on zooplankton. Others, in the genera Agaricoidea, Nidalla and Pieterfaurea, more resemble members of the family Nephtheidae and these are somewhat easier to keep in the aquarium.[2]


The World Register of Marine Species includes the following genera in the family:[1]


  1. ^ a b van Ofwegen, Leen (2013). "Nidaliidae Gray, 1869". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  2. ^ The Soft Corals, Order Alcyonacea; Use In Reef Aquariums Wet Web Media. Retrieved 2014-02-11.