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Bugula fabellata is found on the lower surfaces and edges of horizontal submerged timbers in Eel Pond, at Woods Hole, Mass.; B. turrita is found in similar habitats in Vineyard Sound or on the rocks at Stony Beach. Colonies of B. turrita are about 30 cm. high, yellow in color, and composed of flat branches growing in spirals. The flesh-colored colonies of B. flabellata are slightly shorter and are composed of broad, flat branches, each of which contains three to seven rows of zooecia. Both species have stalked avicularia shaped like birds' heads. Ripe colonies can be recognized by the prominent ovicells.


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Source: Biodiversity Literature Datasets

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