Disporella separata

This brightly coloured bryozoan, Disporella separata,  can grow in patches 30- 40 cm in diameter. It may initially be mistaken for the purple variety of the Pink hydrocoral Allopora sp. It is found on the rocks right off the docks at Race Rocks in 8-12 metres of water.

Thhe purple bryozoa, Disporella separata- Photo by Ryan Murphy

Thhe purple bryozoa, Disporella separata- Photo by Ryan Murphy

This species is classified in The Lophophorate Phyla of British Columbia: Entoprocts,Bryozoans,Phoronids and Brachiopods by Aaron Baldwin School of Fisheries, U. of Alaska.

Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Bryozoa
Class Stenolaemata
Order Cyclostomatida
SubOrder Rectangulata
Family Lichenophoridae
Genus Disporella
Species separata (Osborn,1953)
Common Name:  

Purple encrusting bryozoa

This file is provided as part of a collaborative effort by the students, faculty, staff and volunteers of
Lester B. Pearson College
April 2010
Garry Fletcher