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Heteroxenia fuscescens
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Alcyonacea
Suborder: Alcyoniina
Family: Xeniidae
Ehrenberg, 1828

Xeniidae is a family of soft coral in the order Alcyonacea.


Predatory sea slugs of the genus Phyllodesmium are reported to feed on Xeniidae species. Representatives of this family have been observed to provide shelter to juvenile fish.[1]

List of genera[edit]

The family contains the following genera:[2]


  1. ^ Bos, Arthur R (2016). "Soft corals provide microhabitat for camouflaged juveniles of the Blackspotted wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris (Labridae)". Marine Biodiversity. 46 (1): 299–301. doi:10.1007/s12526-015-0332-x.
  2. ^ Leen van Ofwegen (2011). "Xeniidae". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

  • Data related to Xeniidae at Wikispecies