Why is coral considered an animal?

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    Although a coral looks like a plant, it is from the phylum called cnidaria which includes animals within the subphyla of anthozoa and medusozoa. Coral is a part of the subphylum anthozoa; therefore, it is an animal. Furthermore, coral has similar characteristics as animals. For example, coral is a multicellular, consumes food through its tentacles, and performs reproduction—sexual and asexual. A coral may look like a plant because it also produces asexually—a part of new coral grows from the old coral.

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