Comprehensive Description

Read full entry


 This bryozoan forms orange, domed colonies (zoariums) or cylindrical colonies. The individual zooid is broad with a shallow sinus, a prominent ovicell and smooth frontal shield (a calcified surface) composed of external spines. The surface of the ovicell (the skeletal structure containing the brood chamber) is punctured by pores, commonly 4-5 of these pores being large, round lacunae. The embryos, present in July in British specimens, are orange in colour and may accentuate the colour of the zoarium.The colony form is similar to that of Turbicellepora avicularis. The two species may be differentiated due to the larger, sparser pores on the ovicell of Turbicellepora magnicostata. Turbicellepora magnicostata also has a wider sinus and more distinct marginal ribs.


Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

©  The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Source: Marine Life Information Network

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!