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Family LEIOSALPINGIDAE d'Hondt & Gordon, 1996

Compiler and date details

July 2001 - Dr Philip Bock


The family Leiosalpingidae was introduced by d'Hondt & Gordon (1996) to include the genus Leiosalpinx Hayward & Cook (1979) and a new genus from New Caledonia, Astoleiosalpinx. The type species of Leiosalpinx was originally described as Alysidium inornata by Goldstein (1882) from Marion Island, and later recorded from Heard Island by Busk (1884) in the Challenger Report. Hayward & Cook (1979) redescribed L. inornatum from 1000-1200m off southeastern South Africa. Colonies are very delicate and. erect, with slender, uniserial autozooids. The reproduction is unknown, but a related species, L. australis (Busk) has been found from New Caledonia, and also occurs from Indonesia and New Zealand (d'Hondt & Gordon 1996). This species broods one to two embryos in a membranous ovisac attached to the frontal membrane near the opercular opening. The ancestrula is erect, and, like that of Scruparia, has a rhizoid and frontally budded zooid (Gordon 1986). Colonies have also been found entangled with other erect bryozoans (Hayward & Cook 1979).



Colonies erect, uniserial, very weakly calcified, attached by rhizoids. Zooids subconical, with an elliptical opesia and frontal membrane. No ovicells, spines, or avicularia.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Jul-2019 GYMNOLAEMATA Allman, 1856 11-Jul-2019 MODIFIED
25-Mar-2014 BRYOZOA Ehrenberg, 1831 25-Mar-2014 MODIFIED Dr Robin Wilson (NMV) Elizabeth Greaves (NMV)
12-Feb-2010 (import)