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Bryozoans are often referred to as moss animals.  Look closely enough, and you'll see they have a little crown of tentacles they use to filter plankton out of the water.


Celleporina robertsoniae or Costazia costazi

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Coleopora Gigantea

Coleopora gigantea

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Coralline Bryozoan

Lagenicella punctulata

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Hippoporina Insculpta

Hippoporina insculpta

(1: Flame Reef, Santa Cruz Island)

Kelp Lace Bryozoan

Membranipora membranacea

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Kelp-Encrusting Bryozoan

Membranipora serrilamella

(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Lacy Bryozoan

Phydolopora labiata

(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach / 2-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Membranipora Fusca

Membranipora fusca

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Northern Staghorn Bryozoan

Heteropora pacifica

(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Pherusa Brevituba

Pherusa brevituba

(1: Lovers Point, Monterey)

Purple Bryozoan

Disporella (sp?)

(1: Golf Ball Drop Off, Santa Cruz Island / 2: Flame Reef, Santa Cruz Island)

Red-Rust Bryozoan

Watersipora subtorquata

(1-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4-6: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Rosy Bryozoan

Eurystomella bilabiata

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

That one's being eaten by a Hopkins' rose nudibranch.


Scrupocellaria (sp?)

(1-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 6-7: Lovers Point, Monterey)

Southern Staghorn Bryozoan

Diaperoforma californica

(1: Howland's Landing, Santa Catalina Island)

Spiral-Tufted Bryozoan

Bugula neritina

(1: Howland's Landing, Santa Catalina Island / 2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Staghorn Bryozoan

Celleporina (sp?)

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2-3: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)