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P Kamptozoa (Entoprocta)

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Loxostomatidae



 

Kamptozoa

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Ecology - Habitat

All but two of the 150-odd species of kamptozoans inhabit marine habitats, firmly attached to a substrates such as rocks, shells, algae or even other living organisms.

Invertebrates from this particular family, Loxosomatidae, are solitary epizoic* entoprocts of the bryozoan* genus Iodictyum, or Lace Coral, found commonly on the underside of rocks of the inner reef crest, or living coral zone. This high energy habitat is rich in nutrients brought continually by strong waves.

Of the multiple ectoproct samples collected from two sites, North and North-East of the Island, kamptozoans were only found on the North-East samples.


 

*Definitions:

Bryozoa (= Ectoprocta): phylum of small sedentary, colonial invertebrates which produce a coral-like structure (ex: Lace Coral).
Epizoic: said of an animal growing nonparasitically on the exterior of a living animal.

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