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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2021-05-28
Page range: 236–239
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Phylum Bryozoa Ehrenberg, 1831 in the first twenty years of Zootaxa

National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand.
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This short account is an invited contribution to the Zootaxa special volume ‘Twenty years of Zootaxa.’ Zootaxa was first published on 28 May 2001. Between this date and December 2020, 116 papers were published in Zootaxa that mention Bryozoa, comprising mostly descriptions of new species and higher taxa, but also including molecular sequencing (e.g. Fehlauer-Ale et al. 2011; Taylor et al. 2011; Franjevic et al. 2015), invasive-species research (e.g. Ryland et al. 2014; Vieira et al. 2014), checklists (e.g. Vieira et al. 2008), classification (e.g. Bock & Gordon 2013), bryozoans as associates of other organisms (e.g. Rudman 2007; Chatterjee & Dovgal 2020; Chatterjee et al. 2020), metazoan phylogeny (e.g. Giribet et al. 2013), biographies of historical figures who worked on bryozoans (e.g. Calder & Brinkmann-Voss 2011; Calder 2015) and a catalogue of the fossil invertebrate taxa described by William Gabb (including 67 bryozoan species) (Groves & Squires 2018). Of the 116 papers, 15 (13%) were open-access.



  1. Bock, P.E. & Gordon, D.P. (2013) Phylum Bryozoa Ehrenberg, 1831. In: Zhang, Z-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An outline higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa, 3703 (1), 67‒74.

    Cáceres-Chamizo, J.P., Sanner, J., Tilbrook, K.J. & Ostrovsky, A.N. (2017) Revision of the Recent species of Exechonella Canu & Bassler in Duvergier, 1924 and Actisecos Canu & Bassler, 1927 (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata): systematics, biogeography and evolutionary trends in skeletal morphology. Zootaxa, 4305 (1), 1‒79.

    Calder, D.R. (2015) George James Allman (1812‒1898): pioneer in research on Cnidaria and freshwater Bryozoa. Zootaxa, 4020 (2), 201‒243.

    Calder, D.R. & Brinkmann-Voss, A. (2011) Gustav Heinrich Kirchenpauer (1808‒1887) of the City of Hamburg, and his research on hydroids and bryozoans. Zootaxa, 2742, 49‒59.

    Chatterjee, T. & Dovgal, I. (2020) A checklist of ciliate epibionts (Ciliophora) found on bryozoans. Zootaxa, 4896 (4), 547‒559.

    Chatterjee, T., Dovgal, I., Vieira, L.M., Duta, A. & Nanajkar, M. (2020) Report of ciliate-bryozoan-crustacean hyperepibiosis on crab (Decapoda: Brachyura) from west coast of India, Arabian Sea. Zootaxa, 4890 (3), 347‒360.

    Fehlauer-Ale, K., Vieira, L.M. & Winston, J.E. (2011) Molecular and morphological characterization of Amathia distans Busk and Amathia brasiliensis Busk (Bryozoa: Ctenostomata) from the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic. Zootaxa, 2962, 49‒62.

    Franjevic, D., Novosel, M. & Koletic, N. (2015) Freshwater and brackish bryozoan species of Croatia (Bryozoa: Gymnolaemata, Phylactolaemata) and their genetic identification. Zootaxa, 4032 (2), 221‒228.

    Giribet, G., Dunn, C.W., Edgecombe, G.D. & Rouse, G.W. (2007) A modern look at the animal tree of life. Zootaxa, 1668, 61‒79.

    Grischenko, A.V., Gordon, D.P. & Melnik, S.P. (2018) Bryozoa (Cyclostomata and Ctenostomata) from polymetallic nodules in the Russian exploration area, Clarion‒Clipperton Fracture Zone, eastern Pacific Ocean—taxon novelty and implications of mining. Zootaxa, 4484 (1), 1‒91.

    Groves, L.T. & Squires, R.L. (2018) Annotated catalog of the fossil invertebrates described by, and named for, William More Gabb (1839‒1878). Zootaxa, 4534 (1), 1‒150.

    Rudman, W.B. (2007) Two new species of Okenia (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) from eastern Australia and Tanzania. Zootaxa, 1657, 57‒67.

    Ryland, J.S., Holt, R., Loxton, J., Spencer Jones, M.E. & Porter, J.S. (2014) First occurrence of the non-native bryozoan Schizoporella japonica Ortmann (1890) in Western Europe. Zootaxa, 3780 (3), 481‒502.

    Taylor, P.D., Waeschenbach, A. & Florence, W.L. (2011) Phylogenetic position and systematics of the bryozoan Tennysonia: further evidence for convergence and plasticity in skeletal morphology among cyclostome bryozoans. Zootaxa, 3010, 58‒68.

    Vieira, L.M., Migotto, A.E. & Winston, J.E. (2008) Synopsis and annotated checklist of Recent marine Bryozoa from Brazil. Zootaxa, 1810, 1‒39.

    Vieira, L.M., Spencer Jones, M.E., Taylor, P.D. (2014) The identity of the invasive fouling bryozoan Watersipora subtorquata (d’Orbigny) and some other congeneric species. Zootaxa, 3857 (2), 151‒182.

    Vieira, L.M., Spencer Jones, M.E. & Winston, J.E. (2013) Cradoscrupocellaria, a new bryozoan genus for Scrupocellaria bertholletii (Audouin) and related species (Cheilostomata, Candidae): taxonomy, biodiversity and distribution. Zootaxa, 3707 (1), 1‒63.

    Winston, J.E. (2016) Bryozoa of Floridan Oculina reefs. Zootaxa, 4071 (1), 1‒81.