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Bryozoans

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.


Bryozoan

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

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)