Triticella pedicellata   (Alder,  1857) (Bryozoan)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Bryozoa
Class: Gymnolaemata
Order:Ctenostomatida
Family:Triticellidae

Description
Size: Length of zooecium with pedicel 600-1800 µ.
Length of pedicel 400-1000 µ.
Breadth of pedicel 30 µ.

Stolonate, creeping zoaria forming patches over the substratum. Zooecia arise from very short lateral internodes of the stolon. Pedicels long and slender with length ranging from 400 to nearly 1000 µ and an average breadth 30 µ. The point of origin of the zooecia proper from the pedicel, demarcated by the presence of an enlarged, transversely wrinkled portion. The chitinous ectocyst at certain instances occupy a very small proximal part of the otherwise membranous front. Tentacles seem to be twelve in number.

Hermaphroditic. Reproduction may be sexual and asexual; bryozoan colonies consist of replicated series of zooids, each budded asexually from a predecessor. The founding zooid metamorphoses from the sexually produced larva.

They are subject to competition and overgrowth from sponges, algae, and tunicates.


Synonym (s)
Farella pedicellata Alder, 1855
Triticella pedicellata O Donoghue, 1923
Triticella pedicellata Osburn, 1952
Triticella pedicellata Menon and Nair, 1967
Triticella pedicellata Menon and Nair, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Small microorganisms, including diatoms and other unicellualr algae
Predator:  Grazing organisms such as sea urchins and fish

Biogeography


• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA (Record: 24/12/1964)

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

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