Celleporaria cristata

Celleporaria cristata

Size: Colony length to around 8 cm

Distribution: All SA gulf and coastal waters

Habitat: Seagrass or algae beds

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

This bryozoan is epiphytic on algae and seagrasses, growing completely around the stem in a cylindrical/tubular shape. The colony has ridges that form a vague, but broken spiral around the colony. It is very similar to a number of other species, including Densipora corrugata, but can be distinguished by the long spines that are present in between the apertures.