Spaghetti Bryozoan
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Amathia verticillata

Amathia verticillata - Spaghetti Bryozoan

Size: Colony to over 2 m

Distribution: Scattered sites in SA gulf waters

Habitat: Encrusting artificial structures and rocky reefs

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Amathia verticillata - Spaghetti Bryozoan

A distinctive introduced bryozoan, this species can be found in areas where there is significant shipping traffic. A translucent cream in colour, this species forms a loose tangled mass of long, straight branches, which appear smooth to the naked eye. On closer inspection however, each branch features two opposing rows of zooids which give the colony a slightly fuzzy appearance when the tentacles are extended.