Pectinatella magnifica

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Pectinatella magnifica
Pectinatella magnifica 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Lophophorata
Phylum: Bryozoa
Class: Phylactolaemata
Order: Plumatellida
Family: Pectinatellidae
Genus: Pectinatella
Species:
P. magnifica
Binomial name
Pectinatella magnifica
(Leidy, 1851)
Synonyms[1]
  • Cristatella magnifica Leidy, 1851
  • Pectinatella magnifica Allman, 1856

Pectinatella magnifica, the magnificent bryozoan, is a member of the Bryozoa phylum, in the order Plumatellida. It is a colony of organisms that bind together; these colonies can sometimes be 60 centimeters (2 feet) in diameter. These organisms can be found mostly in North America with some in Europe. They are often found attached to objects, but can be found free floating as well. They form a translucent body with many star-like blooms along the outside. The density of the organism is similar to that of gelatin, and is easily breakable into smaller chunks.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Van Der Waaij, Michiel (October 19, 2011). "Pectinatella Magnifica". Bryozoans.nl - Zoetwater Bryozoen (mosdiertjes) in Nederland.
  2. ^ "Pectinatella magnifica, Magnificent bryozoan". Encyclopedia of Life.