Membranipora membranacea   (Linnaeus,  1767) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

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Size (Zooecium): Length 320-450 µ; breadth 190-220 µ.

Zoarium encrusting. Very simple zooecia elongated. Opesia occupy the whole front. Gymnocyst and cryptocyst vestigial. Operculum membraniporine. Twinned ancestrula present. Spines, avicularia and ovicells absent.

Synonym (s)
Flustra membranacea Linnaeus, 1766
Membranipora membranacea Blainville, 1834
Membranipora membranacea Borg, 1931
Membranipora membranacea Harmer, 1926
Membranipora membranacea Hincks, 1880
Membranipora membranacea Menon & Nair, 1967
Membranipora membranacea Osburn, 1950
Membranipora membranacea Robertson, 1908

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam (Lat: 9.4) (Long: 79.5) INDIA (Record: 26/09/1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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 -
  • (2004) Bryozoa. Moss animals Marine fish & invertebrates of Northern Europe Available at -
  • Menon, NR and Nair, NB (1975) Indian species of malacostega (polyzoa, ectoproacta) Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 17(3) 553-579 Available at - NIO, Goa

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