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Family TERVIIDAE Canu & Bassler, 1920

Compiler and date details

July 2001 - Dr Philip Bock


The family Terviidae was defined by Canu & Bassler (1920) for the genus Tervia Jullien, 1882.

Tervia jellyae was described by Harmer (1915) with a distribution from North Queensland, Torres Strait, and Molo Strait. The colony is erect with an encrusting base, composed of a few narrow branches, with short series of connate zooids opening on the frontal surface. Unlike the superficially similar genera Idmidronea and Mesonea, the gonozooids occur on the basal surface of the branch.

The genus Nevianipora has been assigned to the family Terviidae in some references (eg. Bassler 1953), but here is included in the Filisparsidae (Borg 1944; Hayward & Ryland 1995).

The first record of a fossil representative of the family is from the early Eocene of the eastern United States (Taylor 1993); no Australian fossils are recorded.



Colony well calcified, erect, arising from an encrusting base. Branches narrow, with connate zooids opening frontally. The gonozooids occur on the basal surface of the branches.


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)
25-Mar-2014 BRYOZOA Ehrenberg, 1831 25-Mar-2014 MODIFIED Dr Robin Wilson (NMV) Elizabeth Greaves (NMV)
12-Feb-2010 (import)