Definition Of zooid

noun

an animal arising from another by budding or division, especially each of the individuals that make up a colonial organism and typically have different forms and functions.

The most integrated colonies behave like individual organisms, for the zooids making up the colony are all specialized for certain functions and connected to each other.

Example Of zooid

  • Even in the earliest stages of new growth, complete reversals in budding directions of zooids are evident.

  • Large cystiphragmconstricted zooidal void spaces, a low overall proportion of zooecial space, and a low overall proportions of space taken up by cystiphragms.

  • The feeding zooids use retractile tentacles, called the lophophore, to filter feed and have a U-shaped gut for digestion.

  • The individuals of the colony are called zooids and many zooids with individual siphonal openings cover the surface of the colony.

  • The most integrated colonies behave like individual organisms, for the zooids making up the colony are all specialized for certain functions and connected to each other.


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