Animalia > Bryozoa


Wikipedia Abstract

Bryozoa (also known as the Polyzoa, Ectoprocta or commonly as moss animals), are a phylum of aquatic invertebrate animals. Typically about 0.5 millimetres (0.020 in) long, they are filter feeders that sieve food particles out of the water using a retractable lophophore, a "crown" of tentacles lined with cilia. Most marine species live in tropical waters, but a few occur in oceanic trenches, and others are found in polar waters. One class lives only in a variety of freshwater environments, and a few members of a mostly marine class prefer brackish water. Over 4,000 living species are known. One genus is solitary and the rest are colonial.
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Gymnolaemata (9,696)   (5)
Phylactolaemata (119)
Stenolaemata (11,585)


Archaeopora (1)
Imponoglyphus (1)
Maennilina (1)
Micropylepora (1)
Myriolithes (1)
Prochamaesiphon (1)
Protomelission (1)

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External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0