Bugula dentata Click to enlarge image
Blue-green Bryozoan, Bugula dentata Image: Dr Isobel Bennett
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    dentata
    Genus
    Virididentula
    Family
    Bugulidae
    Order
    Cheilostomata
    Class
    Gymnolaemata
    Phylum
    Bryozoa
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

The Blue-green Bryozoan is one of the more common species of bryozoans found in sheltered rocky areas.

Identification

The zooids of this bryozoan are arranged in pairs and line up end to end. This gives the Blue-green Bryozoan colony a plant-like appearance, particularly as the zooids do not have reinforced walls and the colony is moved by wave motion.