Marine Biology

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 263–268 | Cite as

Cephalodiscus sp. (Hemichordata: Pterobranchia): observations of functional morphology, behavior and occurrence in shallow water around Bermuda

  • S. M. Lester


A pterobranch hemichordate, Cephalodiscus sp., was collected from Bermuda just below the low-tide mark in July 1983 and again in October through December 1983. This is the third report of this genus in shallow water and the second for the Western Hemisphere. Specimens were observed alive in the laboratory. Colonies consist of zooids at various stages of development arranged in clusters inside a translucent, collagenous coenecium. Cilia-driven currents of the zooids are used in a method of filter-feeding similar to phylactolaemate bryozoans.


Shallow Water Western Hemisphere Functional Morphology Phylactolaemate Bryozoan 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Lester
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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