Definition of moss animal in English:

moss animal

Syllabification: moss an·i·mal


  • 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)
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    • 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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