Cauloramphus spiniferum (Johnston, 1832)
Phylum Bryozoa (Ectoprocta)
|Cauloramphus spiniferum is seen above as the bryozoan patch to the left within the mouth of a small moon snail collected at 120 m depth west of Yellow Island, San Juan Channel, WA. The patch is 5 mm long vertically. The bryozoan to the right is Lichenopora verrucaria.|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2007)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Cauloramphus brunea and C. echinus have large grooves between the zooids.
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General Notes and Observations: Locations, abundances, unusual behaviors:
This closeup shows the individual zooids. Note that the frontal area of the zooids is soft and membranous but it is protected by a sheath of spines around the margin.
Here and there among the spines are thicker, stalked clublike avicularia. There are no large grooves between the zooids.
Here is a full view of the moon snail shell, which has a diameter of 2.6 cm in this view.
Cauloramphus spiniferum is the bryozoan colony farthest inside the shell mouth (the topmost colony in this view).
The other two colonies are Lichenopora verrucaria (middle left) and Lichenopora novae-zelandiae (bottom right).