Smittipora abyssicola   (Smitt,  1873) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 320 µ; breadth 190 µ.

Encrusting zoarium distinctly brownish in hue. Zooecia more or less hexagonal with conspicuous mural rims. Cryptocyst strongly tuberculated, extends well up to the distal end of the front. Opesia trifoliate with more or less distinct opesiules. Large and symmetrical avicularia. Distinct rostrum wanting. Cordiform mandible with lateral membranous expansions extending nearly three-fourth of the mandibular rachis. Rostrum with extensive cryptocyst, denticulate posteriorly. Ovicells not noticed.

Synonym (s)
Vincularia abyssicola Smitt, 1873
Smittipora abyssicola Jullien, 1882
Onychocella abyssicola Thornely, 1905
Smittipora abyssicola Canu and Bassler, 1920
Smittipora abyssicola Harmer, 1926
Smittipora abyssicola Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 23/09/1965) (Depth: 10 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Menon, NR and Menon, NN (2006) Taxonomy of Bryozoa from the Indian EEZ. A monograph Ocean Science and Technology Cell on Marine Benthos, Kochi and Centre for Marine Living resources and Ecology, Kochi 263 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Menon, NR and Nair, NB (1967) The ectoproctous bryozoans of the Indian waters Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 9(2) 430-432 Available at - NIO, Goa

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