Nellia oculata   Busk,  1852 (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 510 µ; breadth 120 µ.

Highly branched colonies reaching a length of nearly 20 mm. Attachment to the substratum affected by tufts of rootlets. The length of the internode greater distally and lesser proximally. The distal region of the preceding zooecium slightly overarch the proximal portion of the succeeding one. The frontal membrane occupies the entire front. The mural rim thin and raised and this gives the zooecium the shape of a boat. Operculum large and occupies the distal region. Gymnocyst well developed proximally and bears two triangular avicularia each bearing two pores one of which is bridged by a small bar. Non-granulated cryptocyst present, slightly extensive proximally.

Synonym (s)
Nellia oculata Busk, 1852
Nellia oculata Busk, 1884
Nellia oculata Hincks, 1887
Nellia oculata Thornely, 1905
Nellia oculata Thornely, 1906
Farcimia oculata Waters, 1913
Nellia oculata Canu and Bassler, 1920
Farcimia oculata Robertson, 1921
Nellia oculata Marcus, 1921
Nellia oculata Canu and Bassler, 1923
Nellia oculata Harmer, 1926
Nellia oculata Hastings, 1932
Nellia oculata Marcus, 1939
Nellia oculata Silen, 1941
Nellia oculata Osburn, 1950
Nellia oculata Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1907)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1921)
• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA (Record: 14/12/1963) (Depth: 18 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 -

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