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An amphibious Bryozoan from living mangrove leaves - Amphibiobeania new genus (Beaniidae)

Metcalfe, K, Gordon, DP and Hayward, E (2007). An amphibious Bryozoan from living mangrove leaves - Amphibiobeania new genus (Beaniidae). Zoological Science,24(6):563-570.

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Title An amphibious Bryozoan from living mangrove leaves - Amphibiobeania new genus (Beaniidae)
Author Metcalfe, K
Gordon, DP
Hayward, E
Journal Name Zoological Science
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 6
ISSN 0289-0003   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-34547627145
Start Page 563
End Page 570
Total Pages 8
Publisher  Nihon Dobutsu Gakkai - Zoological Society of Japan
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Amphibiobeania epiphylia is a new, monotypic taxon of Beaniidae (Cheilostomata) from Darwin, Northern Territory. It is unique among the 6,000 living species of Bryozoa in that it encrusts mainly living tree leaves (chiefly the mangrove Rhizophora stylosa). The consequence of living in such a specialized habitat is that colonies are emergent (subaerial) for a significant part of the tidal cycle-around 12 of every 24 hours during spring tides and for several days during neap tides. Desiccation is prevented or minimized by the high humidity of the habitat and a cohesive coating of silt covering the colony. Zooids are weakly calcified and lie alternately on their left and right sides in a lineal series, with opercula displaced to the outer corner of the distal zooidal rim. Organisms associated with A. epiphylia include a colony-damaging ceratopogonid (Diptera) larva and a tarsonemid mite that may use dead zooidal interiors, beneath the silt crust, for shelter.
Keywords Bryozoa
Beaniidae
new genus
Amphibiobeania
mangroves
Darwin
northern territory
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2108/zsj.24.563   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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