Hippodiplosia insculpta (Hincks, 1882)
Common name(s): Fluted bryozoan, fluted coral bryozoan, sculptured bryozoan
|Synonyms: Schizoporella insculpta|
Phylum Bryozoa (Ectoprocta)
|Hippodiplosia insculpta, found under a rock.|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2009 )|
Note: Part of this species has now been split off as Hippoporina insculpta.
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: The color and growth form of this colony with the large, striated ovicells without pores and no avicularia is distinctive.
Geographical Range: Alaska to Gulf of California and Costa Rica
Depth Range: Lower intertidal to over 234 m
Habitat: Rocks, shells, hydroids, algae, and other bryozoans, on some polychaete worm tubes, pilings; especially in areas with substantial water movement.
This species may sometimes host the entoproct Loxosomella
Predators include the topsnail Calliostoma canaliculatum.
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Lamb and Hanby, 2005
Morris et al., 1980
Ricketts et al., 1985
Wollacott, Robet M. and Wheeler J. North, 1971. Bryozoans of California and northern Mexico kelp beds. pp. 455-479 in North, Wheeler J. (ed.), The Biology of Giant Kelp Beds (Macrocystis) in California. Beihefts zur Nova Hedwigia Heft 32. Publisher: J. Cramer, Lehre, Germany.
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