zooid

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Related to zooids: phylum Bryozoa, siphonophore

zo·oid

 (zō′oid′)
n.
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.

zooid

(ˈzəʊɔɪd)
n
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

zo•oid

(ˈzoʊ ɔɪd)
n.
1. any of the distinct individuals of an animallike compound or colonial organism, as a polyp of a bryozoan.
adj.
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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It means that during their evolution, the siculozooid became larger, while zooids were small in size and reduced in numbers (Kozlowska-Dawidziuk 2004, fig.
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.