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Related to zooids: phylum Bryozoa, siphonophore


One of the distinct individuals of a colonial invertebrate animal, such as a bryozoan, that arise asexually by budding.

zo·oid′al (-oid′l) adj.


1. (Zoology) any independent animal body, such as an individual of a coelenterate colony
2. (Biology) a motile cell or body, such as a gamete, produced by an organism
zoˈoidal adj


(ˈzoʊ ɔɪd)
1. any of the distinct individuals of an animallike compound or colonial organism, as a polyp of a bryozoan.
2. Also, zo•oi′dal. pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an animal.
[1850–55; < Greek zôi(on) animal + -oid]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoanzooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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What is amazing about these zooids is that they can survive as part of a clump or drift away separately to start their asexual cloning to form their own gooey lump.
Botrylloides leachii zooids are hermaphrodites and can reproduce both sexually, to colonize new locations through a tadpole larval stage, and asexually, to expand the colony (Berrill, 1947; Mukai et al.
Bryozoans are small benthic aquatic invertebrates growing as colonies of connected zooids on submerged substrates (Massard and Geimer, 2008; El-Sorogy, 2015).
It means that during their evolution, the siculozooid became larger, while zooids were small in size and reduced in numbers (Kozlowska-Dawidziuk 2004, fig.
To determine the types and to count the zooids in each sample, we used counting chambers, a light microscope, and a stereoscope.
Charniodiscus) contain tiny tubes which may have housed zooids, implying these were sea pens (Phylum Cnidaria).
celleporoides in the morphology of the avicularia (defensive zooids), and a new genus resembling Dysnoetopora in constructing branched, 'celleporiform' colonies but having feeding zooids with an orificial sinus.
Individual zooids, as the component clones are called, specialize and cooperate to swim and hunt together as a single creature.
Stomach contents of 88 zooids of Ecteinascidia turbinata Herdman 1880 and the qualitative and quantitative composition of phytoplankton in the water column were studied in Santa Fe (North Coast of Havana) and Punta del Este (SW of Cuba).
Solitary ascidians; each zooid enclosed in 2 its own tunic Colonial ascidians; multiple zooids within a 6 common tunic or connected by stolons 2.
Pyrosomas are colonial tunicates comprising individual zooids embedded in the walls of a gelatinous tube.