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Cauloramphus disjunctus is an example of a cheilostome bryozoan living today in the seas around Japan.Colonies of Cauloramphus disjunctus grow as small patch-like encrustations on the surfaces of rocks and shells.Beautifully preserved specimens of this bryozoan can also be found as 1 million-year-old fossils in northern Japan.Cauloramphus disjunctus plays an important part in work to understand how bryozoans have evolved defensive structures by modifying the feeding zooids that make up their colonies.

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