Order Alcyonacea Lamouroux 1816

Anthozoa - Alcyonacea

Parent taxon: Octocorallia according to J.E.N. Veron 2000

See also Sepkoski 2002

Sister taxa: Coenothecalia, Echmatocrinidae, Gorgonacea, Graphularia, Helioporacea, Plexauridae, Waiparaconidae

Subtaxa: Atractosella Isididae Nephthea Nephtheidae Nephtya Tubipora

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Ecology: stationary intermediate-level epifaunal microcarnivore-photosymbiotic

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Australia (2 collections), Eritrea (1), Greece (1), Israel (1), Italy (2), Japan (4), the Marshall Islands (1), New Zealand (2), the Seychelles (1)

• Pliocene of Indonesia (5), Italy (1), Japan (3)

• Miocene of Indonesia (1), Iran (3), New Zealand (5), Spain (1)

• Whaingaroan of New Zealand (1)

• Eocene of Hungary (1), New Zealand (1), Spain (2)

• Paleocene of New Zealand (1)

• Cretaceous of Denmark (1)

Total: 41 collections including 42 occurrences

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