Nanozoanthidae Fujii & Reimer, 2013,

Low, Martyn E. Y., Sinniger, Frederic & Reimer, James Davis, 2016, The order Zoantharia Rafinesque, 1815 (Cnidaria, Anthozoa: Hexacorallia): supraspecific classification and nomenclature, ZooKeys 641, pp. 1-80: 12

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Nanozoanthidae Fujii & Reimer, 2013


Nanozoanthidae Fujii & Reimer, 2013 

Nanozoanthidae  Fujii & Reimer, 2013: 512.

Type genus.

Nanozoanthus  Fujii & Reimer, 2013.


"Well developed polyps connected by narrow stolon. Mineral particles encrusted in column from aboral end to the edge of the oral disc. Irregularly sized sand particles encrusted into ectoderm and slightly into mesoglea. Zig-zagged, white-colored pattern following outside edge of oral disc. Macrocnemic mesenterial arrangement. Sphincter muscle mesogleal. No lacunae or ring sinus. Zooxanthellate. Mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I and 16S ribosomal DNA sequences significantly differ from all other known zoanthid genera (Fig. 1, 2)." ( Fujii and Reimer 2013).


A monogeneric family. Molecular data position this family in an intermediate position between the Brachycnemina  and Macrocnemina  , although currently it is placed within Macrocnemina  ( Fujii and Reimer 2013).