ancestrula
n. [L. antecedere, to go before]
(BRYOZOA)
The first formed colony founding zooid. a. In Stenolaemata and most Gymnolaemata, the zooid formed by metamorphosis of a sexually produced larva. b. In Phylactolaemata, the zooid formed from a statoblast.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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