Cyclostome gymnolaemate bryozoan Triassic-Recent
An encrusting bryozoan, evolved to a growth form that spreads the colony over a wide area with a low density of zooids. By dispersing zooids widely, it is more likely that the colony will survive following the local destruction (e.g., by predators) of zooids occupying one part of the substrate. As a member of a pioneer community it would have encountered uncertain conditions, which might have been highly favorable or unfavorable.
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