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Bryozoans in this family form erect branching colonies. Autozooids are arranged in non-alternating pairs, in contact laterally; each comprises a slender proximal portion, which arises from the distal end of its parent zooid, traverses the basal side of the succeeding zooid as a slender tube, and expands to form the distal, operculate portion. Frontal surface largely membranous. Avicularia squat, swollen, with a small hooked mandible. Spines and ovicells absent. Embryos brooded in gonozooids.  (Hayward and Ryland, 1998)

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Source: Bryozoa of the British Isles

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