Dahlia anemones

Corals and sea anemones

Corals and sea anemones are related to jellyfish. They live fixed to the seabed instead of swimming free. Sea anemones usually live as single animals in isolation, whilst most corals live in colonies - formed when new polyps bud off the initial founder. Hard corals build a limestone skeleton so that as nearby colonies expand and grow a reef is formed. Both corals and sea anemones catch their prey with stinging tentacles. Sea anemones are able to catch larger prey than corals can.

Scientific name: Anthozoa

Rank: Class

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Distribution

The Corals and sea anemones can be found in a number of locations including: Great Barrier Reef. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Cnidaria
  4. Corals and sea anemones

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