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Bryozoan microcosm
Image ID: 29345
Common Name: Bryozoan microcosm
Scientific Name: Hippomenella vellicata
Location: Otago shelf, New Zealand
Description: The calcareous skeleton of the bryozoan, Hippomenella vellicata,serves as habitat for many other species, including these smaller bryozoans. One football-sized colony of this species was home to more than fifty other species - a spectacular reservoir of biodiversity. Sadly, these large and delicate colonies are very susceptible to trawling, and easily destroyed.
Keywords: Bryozoa, limestone, lace coral, Gymnolaemata, Hippomenella vellicata, Cheilostomatida, Hippopodinidae, New Zealand
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