Epizoanthidae Delage & Herouard , 1901,

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: 8

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Epizoanthidae Delage & Herouard , 1901


Epizoanthidae Delage & Herouard, 1901 

Mardoellidae  Danielssen, 1890: 116, 117 [nomen oblitum].

Epizoanthinae  Delage & Hérouard, 1901: 664 [nomen protectum].

Type genus.

Epizoanthus  Gray, 1867.


Macrocnemic zoantharians with a simple mesogleal muscle ( Sinniger and Häussermann 2009: 26).


The family-group Epizoanthidae  (as " Epizoanthinae  ") was established by Delage and Hérouard (1901: 664, 665) as monotypic, with the inclusion of only the type genus. Three genera are currently assigned to Epizoanthidae  .

Recent molecular and morphological studies (e.g. Swain et al. 2015) suggest that this diagnosis should be revised following a complete revision of the suborder. Currently, molecular signatures such as those suggested in Sinniger et al. (2008) and in Sinniger et al. (2013) appear efficient to distinguish macrocnemic genera.