species: Bryozoan 4 in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Bryozoan 4


©Lyle Vail: Bryozoan 4 (dark branching colony) with symbiotic hydrozoans (Zanclea sp) in a shallow cavern at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. Identified by Dr Daniela Pica.

©Anne Hoggett: Bryozoan 4 (dark branching colony) with symbiotic hydrozoan Zanclea sp (white hair-like protrusions) in an underhang at Cod Hole near Lizard Island. Identified by Dr Daniela Pica.

©Anne Hoggett: Bryozoan 4 (dark branching colony) with symbiotic hydrozoans (Zanclea sp) at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Bryozoa
Species Bryozoan 4

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Distinguishing features

Dark-coloured branching colonies with a hard skeleton up to 20 cm wide with symbiotic hydrozoans (Zanclea sp) showing as white, hair-like protrusions extending up to about 5 mm from the skeleton. Found in shallow caverns.

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Synonyms

Comments

This is a symbiotic association between a bryozoan (forming the dark skeleton) and a hydroid (the white protrusions). The hydroid is likely to be a species of Zanclea which is always found in association with other sessile animals. (Dr Daniela Pica, pers.comm., 2018).

by Anne Hoggett

Distribution

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