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Bougainvillia muscus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Hydrozoa
Order: Anthoathecata
Family: Bougainvilliidae
Genus: Bougainvillia
Lesson, 1830 [1]
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  • Atractylis Wright, 1858
  • Corynopsis Allman, 1864
  • Hippocrene Brandt, 1835
  • Margelis Steenstrup, 1850
  • Perigonimus M. Sars, 1846

Bougainvillia is a genus of hydroids in the family Bougainvilliidae in the class Hydrazoa. Members of the genus are characterised by having the marginal tentacles of their medusae arranged in four bundles. Some species are solitary and others are colonial but all are filter feeders. They are found in the Southern Ocean, having a circumpolar distribution, but some species also occur in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly travelling there as polyps on the hulls of ships.[2]


The World Register of Marine Species lists the following species:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bougainvillia Lesson, 1830 World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  2. ^ Bougainvillia sp. Archived March 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Guide to the marine zooplankton of south east Australia. Retrieved 2011-12-02.