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Flustra foliacea.jpg
Flustra foliacea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Bryozoa
Class: Gymnolaemata
Allman, 1856

Gymnolaemata are a class Bryozoans. Gymnolaemata typically live under seawater and grow on surfaces of rocks, kelps, and even in some cases, on animal species like fish. They are mostly marine bryozoans with cylindrical or flattened zooids. The lophophore is protruded by action of muscles pulling on frontal wall. This order includes the majority of living bryozoan species.