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bry·o·zo·an

 (brī′ə-zō′ən)
n.
Any of various small aquatic animals of the phylum Bryozoa that form encrusting or branching colonies attached to surfaces such as rocks, pilings, and seaweed. Also called moss animal.

[From New Latin Bryozōa, phylum name : bryo- + Greek zōia, pl. of zōion, animal; see -zoon.]

bry′o·zo′an adj.
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bryozoan

(ˌbraɪəˈzəʊən)
n
(Animals) any aquatic invertebrate animal of the phylum Bryozoa, forming colonies of polyps each having a ciliated feeding organ (lophophore). Also called: polyzoan or ectoproct Popular name: sea mat
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Bryozoa
[C19: from Greek bruon moss + zōion animal]
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bry•o•zo•an

(ˌbraɪ əˈzoʊ ən)

n.
1. Also called moss animal. any marine or freshwater colonial animal of the phylum Bryozoa, forming branching, encrusting, or gelatinous mosslike masses.
adj.
2. belonging to the Bryozoa.
[1870–75; < New Latin Bryozo(a) (see bryo-, -zoa) + -an1]
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bry·o·zo·an

(brī′ə-zō′ən)
Any of various small aquatic animals that reproduce by budding and form moss-like or branching colonies attached to stones or seaweed.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bryozoan - sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentaclesbryozoan - sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentacles; attach to stones or seaweed and reproduce by budding
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
Bryozoa, phylum Bryozoa, polyzoa - marine or freshwater animals that form colonies of zooids
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Bryozoan colonies are made from very small repeating box-like units called zooids.
Sisyra nigra, a native Neuroplera, parasite of Peclinatella magnifica, an European nonnative Bryozoan. Revue scientifique Bourgogne-Nature, 23:133-140.
Bryozoan marine species tend to live in a warm tropical neritic environment (Draper, 1988).
31, the word spread about the 'mysterious brain-like blob found in a lagoon.' According to the researchers, these jelly-like creatures are called "bryozoan." The team discovered these extremely elusive creatures in the translucent waters of Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1), and was firstly isolated and elucidated by a Chinese group [14] from the soft coral Dendronephthea gigantean and re-isolated again from the marine bryozoan Biflustra grandicella [15].
Epibionts (small bivalves, annelid tubes and encrusting bryozoan colonies) on sponges, corals and shells of molluscs, as well as bioerosion (mainly bryozoan borings) on corals and mollusks, are frequent (Astibia et al., 2014).
Bryozoan nodules as a frame-builder of bryzoan microreef, Middle Miocene sediments, Egypt.
Although the chambers of some colonies of the bryozoan Electra crustulenta were clearly occupied, it was not possible using the photographs to determine whether all colonies had occupied or empty chambers, so this species was not included in the multivariate analysis.
Identification of sibling species of the bryozoan Bugula neritina that produce different anticancer bryostatins and harbor distincts strains of the bacterial symbiont "Candidatus Endobuluga sertuld'.
The ability of extracts to inhibit metamorphosis of a representative macro-fouling invertebrate was examined against larvae of the sympatric bryozoan Bugula neritina (Linnaeus, 1758).