Microporella orientalis   Harmer,  1957 (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 380 µ; breadth 280 µ.

Encrusting. Colonies glistening white, spreading over substratum in unilaminar fashion. Zooecia arranged in longitudinal rows, uniformity in growth being lost at places of overcrowding owing to lack of space. Tremocyst with very minute tremopores. Zooecia separated by grooves. Orifice semicircular with straight proximal border. Spines present over peristome, stumpy the number varying from four to six. The places from where the spines are dislodged, marked by rounded spots. Ovicells hyperstomial. In fertile zooecia, peristome personate. Operculum not chitinized, its main sclerite marginal, proximal border with few denticles. Ascopore reniform with minute teeth. Avicularia single, always placed proximo-laterally to ascopore. Triangular avicularian mandible long with tip slightly elongated, forming a setiform process. Mandibles with a pair of hooks. Rostrum with a complete bar.

Synonym (s)
Microporella orientalis Harmer, 1957
Microporerlla orientalis Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 20/02/1965, 1994)

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
  • 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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