Rhynchozoon compactum   (Thornely,  1905) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 420 µ; breadth 340 µ.

Colony encrusting. Zooecia at the center of the colony semi-recumbent. Primary orifice broadly sinuate with denticulations. Young encrusting zooecia with a single median mucro and marginal pores. Old zooecia with two to three mucros the lateral ones aviculiferous. The rostrum lying diagonally or distally. The secondary orifice with a median sinus when only two mucros present. The median mucro may be blunt, longer than the lateral ones. Sub-oral avicularia not noticed. Frontal avicularia present, rostra with parallel lateral margins and rounded tips. The calcareous bar complete. No ovicells noticed. Opercula simple, main sclerite marginal.

Synonym (s)
Cellepora compacta Thornely, 1905
Rhynchozoon compactum Harmer, 1957
Rhynchozoon compactum Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1905)
• Kerala, Off Chavara INDIA (Record: 12/12/1958)

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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