Hexacorallia is a class of Anthozoa
comprising of roughly 4,300 species of aquatic organisms formed of polyps, normally
with 6-fold symmetry. This class includes all of the stony corals, most of
which are reef-forming, as well as all sea anemones, and zoanthids, arranged
within five orders. These organisms are formed of individual soft polyps which
in some species live in colonies and can secrete a calcite skeleton. These
organisms have a complex life cycle including a motile planktonic phase and a
later characteristic sessile phase. Hexacorallia also include the significant
extinct order of rugose corals.
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