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Introduction

Cristatella mucedo is a freshwater invertebrate sometimes known as a ‘moss animal’.Individuals called zooids possess tentacle crowns for feeding and collectively form long gelatinous colonies with a soft, transparent body wall.To the naked eye undisturbed colonies are ‘fuzzy’ and caterpillar-like in appearance.Colonies are loosely attached to a substrate that might be a root, rock or manmade structure, via their muscular ‘foot’.They can ‘glide’ slowly and divide by fission.

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