Lophopus crystallinus is commonly known as the bellflower animal or the crystal moss animal.
Lophopus crystallinus has the honour of being the first bryozoan ever described ( Trembley 1744, Pallas 1768)
This colonial freshwater bryozoan has a gelatinous outer wall and appears fan shaped when viewed with the naked eye.
Lophopus crystallinus catches suspended algae using its beautiful, horseshoe-shaped tentacle crown (the lophophore).
(Wood and Okamura, 2005)
Discover more about the appearance and features of the crystal moss animal and learn about similar looking species.
Find out where the crystal moss animal is known from and the types of habitat it is typically found in. Learn the dynamics of its populations and read about its feeding habits.
Learn about the size and growth patterns of Lophopus crystallinus. Find out about its lifecycle and life expectancy.
The myxozoan parasite, Buddenbrockia allmani, is parasitic in Lophopus crystallinus. Find out more about its affect on Lophopus crystallinus.
Read about the conservation status of Lophopus crystallinus, trends in its populations and the management practices in place to ensure the survival of the species.
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The endangered crystal moss animal (Bryozoa).
L. crystallinus colony on a tree branch.
Crystal moss animal
Crystal moss animal hatching from statoblast (Image by Samantha Hill)
Buddenbrockia allmani parasites in L. crystallinus (Image by Samantha Hill)
Green algae in guts of L. crystallinus (Image by Samantha Hill)