Parasmittina egyptiaca   (Waters,  1909) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 450-525 µ; breadth 210 µ.

Encrusting. Zoaria may consist of zooecia either separated by deep grooves arranged in longitudinal rows or arranged superposed. Pores small and areolae large. Front slightly convex and tuberculated. Secondary orifice with a narrow or broad sinus, demarcated by two cusps when narrow. Peristome moderate. Primary orifice broad distally with two small rounded spaces proximo-laterally created by two small proximally directed, pointed cardelles and a median dentate lyrule. Lyrule may be large or moderately sized. Large spatulate parallel-sided avicularia placed lateral to the orifice pointing proximally. Rostral tip somewhat broad. Avicularia rare. Avicularia of the pointed type absent. Ovicells globose, raised, ectooecium with regularly arranged small pores. Spines wanting.

Synonym (s)
Smittia egyptiaca Waters, 1909
Smittia egyptiaca Hastings, 1927
Smittina egyptiaca Harmer, 1957
Parasmittina egyptiaca Menon and Nair, 1967
Parasmittina egyptiaca Menon and Nair, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA (Record: 27/04/1965) (Depth: 50 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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