Members of bryozoan colonies capture tiny plants and animals to feed on by thrusting feathery tentacles into the current.

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“The individuals of the bryozoan colony, called zooids, are about
one-sixteenth of an inch in length and consist of little more than a
digestive system encased within a compartment of leathery or calcified
skeleton. The zooids feed through a trapdoor that opens to the outside.
By thrusting feathery tentacles into the current, they sweep tiny
plants and animals into their open mouths with a quick, flicking motion.” (Winston 1990:70)

Journal article
Life in Antarctic depths. (Cover story)Natural History Magazine, Inc.Winston, Judith E.

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Living System/s

Borage FamilyBoraginaceaeFamily

Freshwater BryozoansPhylactolaemataClass

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