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Definition of Ectoprocta, ectoprocts:
phylum of small marine and freshwater colonial animals, which superficially resemble mosses, hence the common name of moss animals. A colony is composed of zooids each bearing a crown of ciliated tentacles (a lophophore), and living in a horny, calcareous or gelatinous case. (formerly) Bryozoa, bryozoans, Polyzoa.[1]
This is the common definition for Ectoprocta, ectoprocts, other definitions can be discussed in the article


  1. Lawrence, E. (2005). Henderson’s dictionary of biology. Pearson Education Limited, 13th ed., Harlow. 748 p.