Jelly Blob (Bryozoan)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jelly Blob (Bryozoan)

Bryozoans are aquatic animals and those in fresh water are in the Phylactolaemata Class.

They filter water and can be an indicator of good water quality. A beneficial creature which inhabits lakes that have lots of food. they eat diatoms and algae.
Learn: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/bryozoan.html

Learn more: http://web.archive.org/web/20160430090714/http://www.wright.edu/~tim.wood/bryozoans.html

Shown in the pond attached to dried plant debris among Florida Native Plant: COMBLEAF MERMAIDWEED (Proserpinaca pectinata)

My take: The Blob and the Beginning of Winter
http://web.archive.org/web/20120115145123/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-blob-and-the-beginning-of-winter.html

“The predators of freshwater bryozoans are mainlyfish, but raccoons also like to eat the gelatinousspecies.” (source: http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/bb/documents/bb-59.pdf)  added 3/10/17

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4 comments
  1. Huh, I never knew! If I came across, I wouldn’t think this a critter but some sort of plant life. Cool!

    • Loret said:

      HA! Back when I spotted my first one years ago I though it was some frog egg mass. Not very clear thinking since a frog that would have laid an egg that big would be able to eat a human whole 😉

  2. B said:

    I don’t think that’s a Bryozoan – it looks much more like a Nostoc (a colony of cyanobacteria)

    • Loret said:

      The critters are definitely in the Phylum Bryozoa and that was confirmed with the person who teaches the master naturalist class in my part of Florida. There are many different species each with varying characteristics. “Color is shades of clear to mottled browns, depending on how much silt is in the water. They feel solid but slimy to the touch.” (source: http://web.archive.org/web/20111013171455/http://fishing.about.com/od/fishfacts/a/jelly_blobs.htm) Hope this link helps. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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