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Arbopercula bengalensis
Image courtesy of Judith E. Winston (Virginia Museum of Natural History)
Arbopercula bengalensis
Taxonomic Group: Bryozoans


Arbopercula bengalensis was first described from West Bengal, India and is native throughout India and perhaps to the warm-temperate and tropical coast of China. It has been introduced to Florida, Puerto Rico, Panama, Australia, and West Africa. It is known from mangroves, rocky areas, pilings, and buoys and is characteristic of brackish water, but also occurs at marine salinities. Throughout its native and introduced range, A. bengalensis is a fast-growing fouling species, but its economic and ecological impacts have not been studied.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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