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BryozoanThis is the Pectinatella magnifica specimen which you were viewing. The following pictures are close-ups of its surface and internal jelly, taken just to the right of its break.

BryozoanP. magnifica has a clear, golden-tan jelly which is covered by the actual colony. Each of the small clusters in this close-up contains hundreds of the individual-animal lophophores.

BryozoanEven this closer view doesn't show the individual lophophores.

BryozoanThis view shows a little of that outer crust, but focusses on the internal jelly. The central detail is the broken end of its once-supporting twig. The jelly harbors a type of non-biting midge larvae, and appears to be a favored food for raccoons. (For technical information on the composition of this jelly, see 29 Sep 1997 message from Byron Backus.)

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