Phylum Bryozoa (Ectoprocta)

LO-540 BUGULA, Bugula neritina

The traditional textbook example of a bryozoan. An erect, branching colonial form that demonstrates polymorphism. The feeding zooids and avicularia are fascinating to watch under a dissecting scope. The now well-known alkaloid bryostatin, which stops cancer cells from dividing, was first isolated from specimens that we provided to a research lab in 1968. It is among the first drugs to be approved for certain cancer treatments. Available late fall through winter.

Each: $20.50

History of GSML Bugula and Bryostatin

LO-550 SEA MAT, Biflustra tenuis

A calcareous encrusting bryozoan colony found on rocks and shells. The tiny, feathery tentacles can be readily seen as they are extended or retracted from the chitinous zooecia. Avicularia are sometimes present.

Each: $13.00



Staghorn bryozoan (Schizoporella unicornis)

LO-560 STAGHORN BRYOZOAN, Schizoporella unicornis

A brittle branched, orange bryozoan that is often confused with coral. Adds a dash of cheerful color to the aquarium and creates a mini-habitat for sea horses, shrimp, etc. Colonies often contain feather duster worms and other polychaetes, crabs, and top shells. Clumps range from 7 to 10 cm. Four million years ago this genus was a major contributor to the Miami limestone formation of South Florida.

Each: $19.00


LO-561 WOOL BRYOZOAN, Amathia convoluta

It looks like a clump of tangled seaweed, growing on worm tubes and shells. If it weren’t for its chitinous texture, tan color and large zooids, it could easily confuse students. Like Bugula, it contains high concentrations of the anti-tumor agent Bryostatin.

Each: $20.50

LO-565 LETTUCE BRYOZOAN, Thalamoporella floridana

Available late fall to late spring.

Each: $20.50





Lo-568 DISC BRYOZOAN, Reussirella doma

Small colonies. Sporadically available.

Each $16.50