Brazilian researchers discover nine species of Bryozoa

By Fábio de Castro

Agência FAPESP – A study conducted by researchers at the Universidade de São Paulo’s Marine Biology Center (Centro de Biologia Marinha, CEBIMAR/USP) resulted in the description of nine new bryozoan species of the Bugula genus along the Brazilian coast. Bryozoans are mostly marine invertebrates that live in colonies fixed to a substrate.
The study describing the species, which were found along the coastlines of the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, was published in the journal PLoS One.
The new species were named Bugula bowiei, Bugula foliolatan, Bugula guara, Bugula biota, Bugula ingens, Bugula gnoma, Bugula alba, Bugula rochae and Bugula migottoi.
The names of the new species pay homage to the BIOTA-FAPESP Program (Bugula biota), the vice director of CEBIMAR Álvaro Migotto (Bugula migottoi), professor Rosana Rocha of the Universidade Federal do Paraná Zoology Department (Bugula rochae), and British musician David Bowie (Bugula bowiei)

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Source and Photo: FAPESP, September 19th, 2012
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