Mesozoanthus Sinniger & Haeussermann , 2009,

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: 17

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Mesozoanthus Sinniger & Haeussermann , 2009


Mesozoanthus Sinniger & Haeussermann, 2009 

Mesozoanthus  Sinniger & Häussermann, 2009: 31, 32.

Type species.

Mesozoanthus fossii  Sinniger & Häussermann, 2009, by original designation and monotypy.




"Macrocnemic with Parazoanthus  -like growth-form. Well-developed polyps with long and pointed tentacles; polyps form clusters linked by a basal coenenchyme. DNA sequences significantly differ from those in other genera..." and "In contrast to Parazoanthus  , members of Mesozoanthus  usually occur in small patches and are not known to colonise demosponges. No symbioses with Symbiodinium  zooxanthellae." ( Sinniger and Häussermann 2009: 32).


Only two species of this genus are known, from temperate waters along the west coast of the Americas.