nRhabdopleura(Zoöl) A genus of marine Bryozoa in which the tubular cells have a centralchitinous axis and the tentacles are borne on a bilobed lophophore. It is the type of the order Pterobranchia, or Podostomata
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nrhabdopleuraThe typical genus of Rhabdopleuridæ, having the tentacles confined to a pair of outgrowths of the lophophore containing each a cartilaginoid skeleton. R. normani is a marine form found in deep water of the North Atlantic, off the coasts of Shetland and Normandy. It is a small branching organism, apparently a molluscoid of polyzoan affinities, living in a system of delicate membranous tubes, each of which contains its polypide, free to crawl up and down the tube by means of a contractile stalk or cord called the gymnocaulus.