Parasmittina signata   (Waters,  1889) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 360 µ; breadth 160 µ.

Encrusting. Flat zooecia arranged in longitudinal rows. Pleurocyst provided with numerous tubercles which give it a beaded appearance. Marginal areolae moderately sized. Thin and tubular peristome. Spines wanting. A distinct sinus present in the sunk primary aperture. Lyrula absent. Moderately sized avicularia placed proximo-laterally to the orifice. The avicularia occasionally take a slanting position obliquely. Rostrum spatulate, mandible rounded distally. Perforated and slightly convex ovicells with a narrow basal rim of ectooecium. Semi-circular operculum provided with a proximal tongue.

Synonym (s)
Smittia signata Waters, 1889
Smittia signata Thornely, 1912
Smittia signata Hastings, 1932
Smittina signata Harmer, 1957
Parasmittina signata Lagaaij, 1963
Parasmittina signata Menon and Nair, 1967
Parasmittina signata Menon and Nair, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA (Record: 30/09/1958) (Depth: 65 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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