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Disporella hispida

(Fleming, 1828)


David Kipling Is this the other UK disc bryozoan ... the one that's not Disporella hispida?

Joanne Porter It looks very much like Disporella hispida to me, Plagiooecia doesn't have the spiky bits.

David Kipling You say in the book that Disporella is spiky in a different way ... could you expand on that Joanne? I'm not sure I've seen a picture of Plagiooecia - could you post one please?

Joanne Porter Ill see what I can doing out. It's also possible that George Brown Might have a good close up of Plagiooecia.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 06 Jul 2013
David Kipling Is this the other UK disc bryozoan ... the one that's not Disporella hispida?

Joanne Porter It looks very much like Disporella hispida to me, Plagiooecia doesn't have the spiky bits.

David Kipling You say in the book that Disporella is spiky in a different way ... could you expand on that Joanne? I'm not sure I've seen a picture of Plagiooecia - could you post one please?

Joanne Porter Ill see what I can doing out. It's also possible that George Brown Might have a good close up of Plagiooecia.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 06 Jul 2013
Erling Svensen Would these be Disporella hispida? From South West Norway, under a rock at 25 meters deep.

Joanne Porter These look like Plagiooecia rather than Disporella

Erling Svensen Plagiooecia? Do you have a more specific name? (please.....)

David Kipling Plagioecia patina is what Joanne's referring to I think.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Bryozoa on 02 Oct 2012
Richard Yorke Is this Disporella hispida

David Kipling It's not very spiky - does that make it Plagioecia patina? I posted a more spiky specimen that you commented on a while back and Jo thought that was Plagioecia patina, and given that Disporella is supposed to be the spikier species ...

Richard Yorke I am with you in that I am having difficulty splitting them! That is why I am questioning this one as though not very spiky, I do think it looks like the picture at the bottom of page 81 in her book. I get the impression that Plagioecia tends to have a ring in the centre and Disporella a dome but I stand to be corrected.

Joanne Porter They are Disporella hispida at different stages of development

Message posted on NE Atlantic Bryozoa on 11 Sep 2012
Richard Yorke Is this Disporella hispida

David Kipling It's not very spiky - does that make it Plagioecia patina? I posted a more spiky specimen that you commented on a while back and Jo thought that was Plagioecia patina, and given that Disporella is supposed to be the spikier species ...

Richard Yorke I am with you in that I am having difficulty splitting them! That is why I am questioning this one as though not very spiky, I do think it looks like the picture at the bottom of page 81 in her book. I get the impression that Plagioecia tends to have a ring in the centre and Disporella a dome but I stand to be corrected.

Joanne Porter They are Disporella hispida at different stages of development

Message posted on NE Atlantic Bryozoa on 11 Sep 2012
Erling Svensen This one is very common in South West Norway. Only 1 cm across. Anybody that knows the specie...?

George Brown Beautiful image Erling. It looks like Disporella hispida but trolling the web suggests that several bryozoans develop this structure. It's also common in Scotland. Joanne will keep us right!

Erling Svensen Thanks George. Look at my shrimp under Identification group. Hope you are good at shrimps? I will wait for Joanne....

Jennifer Loxton At the NHM we are thinking that this is probably Plagioecia patina rather than Disporella. It has a curling up at the edges rather than the mound form that Disporella tends to take

Kevin Tilbrook I'm liking the lichoporid/disporellid for this. I've images of this sort of thing if I can dig one out.

Kevin Tilbrook See my pic just posted

Message posted on NE Atlantic Bryozoa on 30 Apr 2012
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Bryozoa (Phylum)
    Stenolaemata (Class)
      Cyclostomatida (Order)
        Rectangulata (Suborder)
          Lichenoporidae (Family)
            Disporella (Genus)
              Disporella hispida (Species)
Associated Species