Definitions for "Zooxanthellae"
a group of dinoflagellates living endosymbiotically in association with one of a variety of invertebrate groups (e.g., corals). In corals, they provide carbohydrates through photosynthesis, which are used as one source of energy for the coral polyps. They also provide coloration for the corals
A group of dinoflagellates that live in mutualistic relationships with some cnidarians. They promote high rates of calcium carbonate deposition in coral reefs.
(Pronounced ‘zoo-zen-the-lay'.) Microscopic, single-cell algae that may live in symbiosis with animals such as corals and sea anemones. For more about symbiosis.