Microporella ciliata   (Pallas,  1766) (Bryozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gymnolaemata

Size (Zooecium): Length 500 µ; breadth 300 µ.

Encrusting. Shape of zooecia varies from oval to elongate hexagonal. Zooecia arranged in longitudinal rows, separated by grooves. Front a tremocyst with numerous tremopores intermingled with numerous granulations. Umbo not noticed. Semicircular aperture with a straight proximal border, distal and lateral sides being provided with small teeth. Peristome slightly developed. Reniform ascopore. Ovicells hyperstomial, surface not smooth, a rib present at the base. Avicularia single, not placed in the median line, placed disto-laterally. Rostrum pointed, calcareous bar complete. Oral spines absent.

Synonym (s)
Eschara ciliata Pallas, 1766
Microporella ciliata Hincks, 1880
Microporella ciliata Canu and Bassler, 1923
Microporella ciliata Hastings, 1930
Microporella ciliata Osburn, 1952
Microporella ciliata Soule and Duff, 1957
Microporella ciliata Soule, 1961
Microporella ciliata Menon and Nair, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Kerala, Off Chavara INDIA (Record: 12/12/1958) (Depth: 45 mts)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1994)

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
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, 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 - 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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