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An amphibious bryozoan from living mangrove leaves - Amphibiobeania new genus (Beaniidae).
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PMID:  17867857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Amphibiobeania epiphylla 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. epiphylla include a colony-damaging ceratopogonid (Diptera) larva and a tarsonemid mite that may use dead zooidal interiors, beneath the silt crust, for shelter.
Kristin Metcalfe; Dennis P Gordon; Ellie Hayward
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoological science     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0289-0003     ISO Abbreviation:  Zool. Sci.     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-17     Completed Date:  2007-11-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702287     Medline TA:  Zoolog Sci     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Science and Primary Industries, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Bryozoa / classification,  growth & development*,  physiology
Northern Territory
Oceans and Seas
Rhizophoraceae / parasitology*
Species Specificity
Water Movements

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