cnidarian, also called coelenterate, any member of the phylum Cnidaria (Coelenterata), a group made up of more than 9,000 living species. Mostly marine animals, the cnidarians include the corals, hydras, jellyfish, Portuguese men-of-war, sea anemones, sea pens, sea whips, and sea fans.

What are the 4 types of cnidarians?

There are four major groups of cnidarians:

  • Anthozoa, which includes true corals, anemones, and sea pens;
  • Cubozoa, the amazing box jellies with complex eyes and potent toxins;
  • Hydrozoa, the most diverse group with siphonophores, hydroids, fire corals, and many medusae; and.
  • Scyphozoa, the true jellyfish.

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