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Bryozoan thicket

Bryozoan thicket

At a depth of 100 metres on the Otago continental shelf, various species of bryozoans form dense colonies. These provide shelter and food for other animals such as this hermit crab (left) and orange sea star.

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Ashley Rowden, 'Sea floor - Life on the continental shelf', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ashley Rowden, published 12 Jun 2006