Parasmittina aviculata   (Mawatari,  1952) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 370-460 µ; breadth 250-325 µ.

Zoarium encrusting, distinctly whitish in hue. Zooecia arranged in longitudinal rows separated by thin calcareous lines. Front a highly tuberculated pleurocyst with comparatively small and rounded areolar pores. Peristome with raised proximal and lateral regions. Lyrula broad, condyles slightly pointed. Large spatulate avicularia arranged lateral to the peristome directing proximally. Small lateral avicularia of two types, pointed and circular occupy the lateral sides of the peristome usually directed distally. Two inconspicuous spine bases noticed in young zooecia. Ovicells porous, elevated with an ectooecium occupying the rim.

Synonym (s)
Smititna aviculata Mawatari, 1952
Parasmittina aviculata Menon and Nair, 1967
Parasmittina aviculata Menon and Nair, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Off Ponnani INDIA (Record: 22/09/1958) (Depth: 58 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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