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Deepwater/Coldwater Stylasterid Coral Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 490

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Deepwater/Coldwater Coral Reef Biota
Biotic Group Deepwater/Coldwater Stylasterid Coral Reef
Biotic Community Mixed Stylaster Reef
Stylaster Reef


Description
Definition Areas dominated by stylasterid corals. A number of stylasterid coral species (Class: Hydrozoa; Order: Anthoathecatae; Family: Stylasteridae) form smaller branching colonies that can dominate certain habitats, primarily in deeper, colder waters. Stylasterid coral reefs often predominate on oceanic islands, seamounts, and archipelagos (Cairns 1992).