Definition of moss animal in English:

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moss animal

noun

A sedentary colonial aquatic animal found chiefly in the sea, either encrusting rocks, seaweeds, or other surfaces, or forming stalked fronds. Each minute zooid filter-feeds by means of a crown of ciliated tentacles (lophophore).
  • Phylum Bryozoa (or Polyzoa, Ectoprocta)
Example sentences
  • Bryozoans, or ‘moss animals,’ are aquatic, mostly marine, colonial organisms, superficially rather like coral.
  • A little deeper than 10m, velvety mounds of soft coral, sponges, tunicates and moss animals are densely packed together.
  • Similar to sponges, but with tentacles, moss animals or bryozoans are strange creatures.
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