Farciminellum hexagonum   (Busk,  1884) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Zoarium only slightly calcified, reaching a length of at least 100 mm, rootlets very delicate. Stalk bifurcating rarely, at an acute angle. Branches with as many as 12-13 longitudinal rows of zooecia, on each surface, towards their distal ends. On the frontal surface all the zooecia are provided with an operculum and orifice, and are very long, parallel-sided, without spines, the orifice terminal, the cryptocyst undeveloped. On the basal surface, the two marginal rows alone possess fully developed zooecia, the remainder having the form and size of zooecia , but without operculum and orifice, the opesia are sometimes greatly reduced by an extensive cryptocyst. Avicularia restricted to the basal surface, occurring at the junction of the distal wall of a marginal zooecium with a kenozooecium; conical, with a nearly semicircular mandible. Ovicells wanting, the fertile zooecium producing an extremely large egg. At the bifurcation; the formation of an axillary zooecium is preceded by the doubling of a row or rows of zooecia in such a way as to provide the median rows of the branches.

Synonym (s)
Farciminaria hexagona Busk, 1884
Farciminaria hexagona Harmer, 1902
Farciminaria andamanensis Robertson, 1921
Farciminellum hexagonum Harmer, 1926

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 15) (Long: 95) INDIA (Record: 1921)

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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

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