Aquarists enthusiastically collect and grow Zoanthids and Palythoa for their impressive range of color and crazy growth clusters.
Within the scientific class Anthozoa is the order Zoantharia - with families Zoanthids and Palythoa, the larger polyped family. These corals are formed in individual, flower-like polyps with tentacles. Each polyp may be very small but together can form an impressive carpet colony.
These stunning animals are commonly collected in reef aquariums as they are easy to grow and can be found in a broad range of colors and patterns. It is especially important for aquarists to know that some species have a palytoxin that is harmful to humans if touched, inhaled or ingested, hence special care is required to protect yourself when moving or even cleaning an aquarium that contains Zoanthids.