Definition of bryozoan in English:

bryozoan

Line breaks: bryo|zoan
Pronunciation: /ˌbrʌɪəˈzəʊən
 
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Zoology

noun

  • A sedentary aquatic invertebrate of the phylum Bryozoa, which comprises the moss animals.
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    • The greatest tentacle length in a bryozoan lophophore known to us is 1.2 mm, reported by Cook from a highly obliquely truncate lophophore in a colony of the ctenostome Flustrellida hispida.
    • There are more than 50 fish species whose lives are linked to Sargassum, and a myriad of invertebrates, including gastropods, polychaetes, bryozoans, anemones, and sea-spiders.
    • Commonly, the host is a brachiopod, but it may be a coral, bryozoan colony, crinoid stem, or mollusk.

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  • Relating to or denoting bryozoans.
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    • Individuals within all bryozoan colonies are relatively small.
    • Many of the 5000 or so bryozoan species exhibit polymorphism.
    • It is apparent that mining of bryozoan branches weakened them, thus making them subject more readily to breakage by wave action.

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