moss animal

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moss animal,

common name applied to members of the phylum EctoproctaEctoprocta
, phylum of sessile, colonial aquatic animals (commonly known as moss animals or oryonzoans). The zooids, or individual members of a colony, are microscopic, but colonies may grow up to 1 ft (30 cm) or more in diameter.
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Also called moss animals, they grow in colonies on submerged objects (usually logs) and are often misidentified as frog eggs.
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