One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sedentary colonial aquatic animal found chiefly in the sea, either encrusting rocks, seaweeds, or other surfaces, or forming stalked fronds. Each minute zooid filter-feeds by means of a crown of ciliated tentacles (lophophore).
Phylum Bryozoa (or Polyzoa, Ectoprocta)
- ‘Other fossils commonly found in the formation include Brachiopods, corals, moss animals, and Crinoids or sea-lilies.’
- ‘A little deeper than 10m, velvety mounds of soft coral, sponges, tunicates and moss animals are densely packed together.’
- ‘Similar to sponges, but with tentacles, moss animals or bryozoans are strange creatures.’
- ‘They were subsequently found to be colonies of bryozoans (moss animals), which are normally found firmly attached to rocks.’
- ‘Bryozoans, or ‘moss animals,’ are aquatic, mostly marine, colonial organisms, superficially rather like coral.’
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