colonial animal

colonial animal

an association of animals in which the individuals are physically connected, as in the Hydrozoa or Polyzoa. The term is not usually applied to higher animals, such as birds, that live in colonies.
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The sea squirt with the questionable philosophy is Botryllus schlosseri, a colonial animal that looks deceptively like a small flower.
Coral are colonial animals that get their vibrant colors from zooxanthellae, algae cells that live in coral tissue," says Richard Curry, science coordinator at Biscayne National Park.
Colonial animals can be described morphologically as a collection of iterated modules or ramets interconnected by a common vascular network.
1996; Bertschy, 1998; Moora and Zobel, 1998), which are similar to colonial animals in developmental mode and morphology (i.
Many of these creatures are soft and gelatinous, from transparent squid, octopuses and jellyfish to large colonial animals called siphonophores.
Yet most people don't know that these colonial animals existed, let alone that they have been destroyed.
Boulders had been overturned and the area's slow-growing colonial animals, which have no natural predators, had vanished.
The tubeworms are the longest-lived known invertebrates-with the exception of colonial animals such as coral in which pieces may die but the colony lives on.
One way of classifying the sexual modes of colonial animals (Wasson and Newberry, 1997) is to designate each of the three organizational levels as gonochoric (G), sequentially hermaphroditic (s), or simultaneously hermaphroditic (H).
Few researchers investigating colonial animals have thoroughly examined the sexual mode of zooids, colonies, and whole genets of a single species.
Although the kamptozoan zooid includes the stalk and stolon, I have limited attention in this study to the calyx, because the kamptozoan calyx is the zooidal element most comparable to the reproductive zooids of other colonial animals such as hydroids, bryozoans, and ascidians.
Of all the potential sexual modes for colonial animals [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED], mode GgG is the most difficult to demonstrate.