Bryozoa (Moss Animals)

Phylum  Bryozoa (Moss Animals)

Wikipedia Entry

Approximate Number of Species: 5,000

Largest: The largest colony is Cellarinellides crassus at 7.9 inches in diameter (200 mm) and the largest autozoid is Arachnopusia inchoate with a length of 0.12 inches (3mm)

Smallest:  The smallest colonies are in species of the Genus Puellina at 0.06 inches in diameter (0.5 mm ) and the smallest autozoid is Alderina smitti with a length of 0.008 inches (0.2 mm)

Bryozoan colony : Photo by Wildsingapore via Flikr

References:

Brusca RC & Brusca GJ (2003) Invertebrates (Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, MA) 2nd Ed.

Grischenko AV, Taylor PD, & Mawatari SF (2002) A new cheilostome bryozoan with gigantic zooids from the north-west Pacific. Zoological Science 19:1279-1289.

Barnes DKA (2005) Life, death and fighting at high latitude: a review. Bryozoan Studies 2004, eds Moyano HI, Cancino JM, & Wyse Jackson PN (Balkema, Ledien).

Bishop JDD & Househam BC (1987) Puellina (Bryozoa; Cheilostomata; Cribrilinidae) from British and adjacent waters. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Zoology 53:1-63.

Winston JE & Hakansson E (1986) The interstitial bryozoan fauna from Capron Shoal, Florida. American Museum Novitates 2865:1-50.

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