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Fingers holding a stick covered with a football-shaped gelatinous blob

Bryozoan Colony Clinging to Stick

Bryozoans are colonial invertebrate animals that live in the water and build exoskeletons similar to those of corals. Freshwater bryozoans' exoskeletons are gelatinous or chitinous (like that of insects). Worldwide, bryozoans are found on every continent except Antarctica.

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Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

Bryozoan Colony Cut in Half

Bryozoan colonies of the species Pectinatella magnifica can form gelatinous masses as large as basketballs, although they are typically smaller. Colonies may be found free-floating or attached to submerged rocks, dock supports, logs, plastic debris or vegetation.

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Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
Bryozoans are tiny, filter-feeding invertebrates. They create colonies that can be mossy, branching, or round and jellylike.

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Photo of fossil bryozoans, lacy type

Fossil Bryozoans

Paleozoic bryozoans are well represented in Missouri's fossils. These three limestone rocks show the exoskeletons of fenestellate or "lacy" forms, common from Silurian through Pennsylvanian periods. These were probably saltwater species. (Average size of these fossils is about 1-2 inches.) Other common bryozoan fossils resemble screws.

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They Came from the Lake

Odd-looking gelatinous blobs are appearing in some Missouri lakes and ponds.

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Bryan Morelli, standing in water, holds a MoZoan.

Wappapello Bioblitz Turns Up Plant-Animal Hybrid

Genetic mix-up could enable Missourians to gather a limit of crappie and a mess of mushrooms without leaving their boats.

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