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Electra monostachys is an encrusting bryozoan species, most frequently occurring on stones or shells in estuarine environments. Colonies form irregular patches, or branched or star-shaped sheets, with several series of zooids growing rapidly in opposing directions.  The species is abundant in the lower reaches of rivers in conditions of high and fluctuating salinity, but can also occur in lagoonal, coastal or offshore environments.


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Source: Bryozoa of the British Isles

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