Cleidochasma fallax   (Canu & Bassler,  1929) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 450-600 µ; breadth 290-450 µ.

Encrusting. Colony unilaminar. Zooecia tubular distinctly outlined. Front slightly tuberculated with small widely separated marginal pores. Orifice more or less cleithirate with a distinct sinus. Peristome thin. Operculum strongly chitinized with a distinct marginal sclerite. Avicularia lateral oral, may be single or paired directing disto-laterally. Mandible rounded distally. Transversely directed spatulate avicularia placed proximally.

Synonym (s)
Hippoporina fallax Canu and Bassler, 1929
Cleidochasma fallax Harmer, 1957
Cleidochasma fallax Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA (Record: 22/04/1965) (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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