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Knopia octocontacanalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Subclass: Octocorallia
Order: Alcyonacea
Suborder: Stolonifera
Hickson, 1883 [1]

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Stolonifera is a coral sub-order in the order Alcyonacea, the soft corals. Members of this taxon are characterised by having separate polyps budding off an encrusting horizontal, branching stolon. The skeletons include spicules or consists of a horny external cuticle. These soft corals are found in shallow tropical and temperate seas.[2]


According to the World Register of Marine Species, the following families are included in this suborder:[1]


  1. ^ a b van Ofwegen, Leen (2015). "Stolonifera". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  2. ^ Cadet H. Hand, Jr. "Cnidarian: Classification". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 

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