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Sea fan Mospella.jpg
Sea fan, Mopsella sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Subclass: Octocorallia
Order: Alcyonacea
Suborder: Scleraxonia
Studer, 1887

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Scleraxonia is a suborder of corals, a member of the phylum Cnidaria.[1]


Members of Scleraxonia have a skeletal axis made of calcified spicules, organic fibres or both, which may be separate, linked or fused together.[2]

Families and genera[edit]

There are eight recognised families in this suborder and over thirty genera, with four families (Anthothelidae, Briareidae, Coralliidae and Subergorgiidae) containing some deep-water species and two families (Paragorgiidae and Parisididae) being exclusively deep water.[3]

Families and genera in this suborder include: