Bryoza means "moss animals" and there are two distinct phyla, the Entoprocta consisting of about 150 species and the Ectoprocta with about 4000. Some are solitary and some colonial and the individual animals superficially resemble corals, though their body structure is quite different. Some colonies are branched and resemble seaweed but others are encrusting, forming mats on the surface of seaweeds or stones.
Information on the classification of these organisms with illustrations of Flustra, Lophophus crystallinus and Cristatella mucedo.
Information from Wikipedia on these colonial organisms that make hard skeletons of calcium carbonate, superficially resembling coral.
Brief description of the phylum with illustrations of several species.
Bryozoans of the West Coast of North America
Large gallery of photographs.
Provides biological information on these sessile, colonial suspension feeders with photographs of a Cyphonautes larva and a lacy colony of a species of Triphyllozoon.
Information on the classification of these bryozoans with an illustration of part of a colony of Pedicellina.
Flowers of the Sea: Bryozoans
Photographic study by Jean-Marie Cavanihac of these marine organisms.
International Bryozoology Association
This organisation aims to encourage research and promote an exchange of knowledge on Bryozoa. Provides information on the society, membership, news, meetings, research and resources.
Introduction to the Bryozoa
Introduction to the Bryozoa, otherwise known as the "moss animals."
Marine Bryozoans in Colour.
Photographic study by Jean-Marie Cavanihac of this fascinating marine group.
Moss Animals Invade Lake Cochituate
An article by A. Richard Miller about the fresh-water bryozoan Pectinatella magnifica.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species: Bryozoans
Species list from the USGS on the nonindigenous bryozoans found in US waters, with factsheets and collection details for each.
The Phylum Ectoprocta (Bryozoa)
Includes characteristics, biology and ecology.
Photographic study of the freshwater bryozoan, Plumatella repens.
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