Electridae d'Orbigny, 1851

Colonies encrusting, forming branching chains of discrete zooids, or irregular laminar expansions; often growing on algae or seagrass. Zooids often thinly calcified, less often heavily calcified, with extensive gymnocyst and a large opesia and frontal membrane. Intertentacular organ present. Flexible cuticular or partly calcified spinous processes may extend from the margin of the opesia; in some cases these are branched and spread over the frontal membrane. Larvae free-swimming, planktotrophic, of cyphonautes type. Ovicells and avicularia absent.

This family includes the genera

  1. Arbocuspis
  2. Arbopercula
  3. Aspidelectra
  4. Bathypora
  5. Bullaconopeum
  6. Charixa
  7. Conopeum
  8. Craspedopora
  9. Craspedoporina
  10. Danocella
  11. Einhornia
  12. Electra
  13. Eokotosokum
  14. Filiflustra (Unidentifiable)
  15. Filiflustrellaria
  16. Gontarella (Now in Calloporidae)
  17. Haplostoechios
  18. Harpecia
  19. Herpetopora
  20. Lapidosella
  21. Miravitrea
  22. Mychoplectra
  23. Osburnea
  24. Pyripora
  25. Pyriporopsis
  26. Reptoflustrina
  27. Rhammatopora
  28. Samudraka (Now in Antroporidae)
  29. Spinicharixa
  30. Tamanicella
  31. Tarsocryptus
  32. Villicharixa
[Arbocuspis bellula] [Bathypora nitens] Conopeum nakanosum Conopeum tenuissimum
Arbocuspis bellula Bathypora nitens
(thanks to Dennis Gordon, NIWA)
Conopeum nakanosum Conopeum tenuissimum
[Craspedopora typica] [Einhornia korobokkura] [Electra asiatica] [Electra pilosa]
Craspedopora typica
(thanks to Dennis Gordon, NIWA)
Einhornia korobokkura
(Thanks to Matt Dick)
Electra asiatica Electra pilosa
[Mychoplectra crassa] [Mychoplectra pocula] [Pyripora catenularia] [Samudraka karondiae]
Mychoplectra crassa Mychoplectra pocula
(thanks to Dennis Gordon, NIWA)
Pyripora catenularia Samudraka karondiae
(thanks to Dennis Gordon, NIWA)
[Villicharixa strigosa]
Villicharixa strigosa
(thanks to Dennis Gordon, NIWA)

Electra pilosa at Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.

Conopeum reticulum at MarLIN - Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland.
Electra crustulenta at MarLIN - Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland.
Electra pilosa at MarLIN - Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland.

Electra page at NMITA
Mychoplectra page at NMITA

Electra bellula - at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida.

Conopeum cf tenuissimum - from the California Biota Website.


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