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Reef-Dwelling Bryozoans


Modern coral reefs may carry abundant reef-dwelling bryozoans, which can be significant frame-builders. Bryozoans living in turbulent waters, build thick robust colonies to withstand strong wave and current action. Bryozoans living in quieter waters build more delicate, branching colonies. The larvae of reef-dwelling bryozoans have strong substrate preferences and usually only settle on coralline algae or dead skeletal material. The image below shows a typical coral reef. Please click the image for a larger version then press the backspace key to return to this page.



Author: Luke Mander
Last updated: 20.11.05
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