Invasion HistoryFirst Non-native North American Tidal Record: 2002
First Non-native West Coast Tidal Record:
First Non-native East/Gulf Coast Tidal Record: 2002
General Invasion History:
Celleporaria pilaefera is an encrusting bryozoan with a broad range in the Indo-Pacific, including Mauritius, the Red Sea, India, the Philippines (type locality), and Vanuatu (Swami and Karande 1994), although whether this distribution represents its native range is not known.
North American Invasion History:
Invasion History on the East Coast:
In 2002, Celleporaria pilaefera was found growing in low abundance (on two plates, one colony each) at Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville, Florida, on the St. Johns River estuary (McCann et al. 2007). It has not yet been found in other East Coast locations.
Invasion History in Hawaii:
In 1997 , C. pilaefera was collected in Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon, Oahu (Coles et al. 1999a). It was also found in Kaneohe Bay (Coles et al. 2002a) and Waikiki (Coles et al. 2002b). It is considered introduced in the Hawaiian Islands, probably by ship hull fouling (James T. Carlton, personal communication). A population was also found at the remote Johnston Atoll, 1325 km southwest of Honolulu (Coles et al. 2001).
Invasion History Elsewhere in the World:
In 1977, Celleporaria pilaefera was collected on oyster aquaculture cages, in Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea (Agius et al. 1977). There are no further records of this bryozoan in Malta or elsewhere in the Mediterranean and oyster aquaculture has ceased (Sciberras and Schembri 2007). In 2007, it was found on the hull of a wrecked fishing vessel off the coast of New Zealand (Williams et al. 2008). Aside from the records in Jacksonville, Florida, Hawaii, and Johnston Atoll there are no known established populations of this bryozoan.
Celleporaria pilaefera forms encrusting colonies. Its zooids are irregularly polygonal in outline, and about 0.40 mm long by 0.35 mm wide. The polypide in each zooid has 13-16 brown-tipped tentacles. The frontal wall is convex, with a raised unperforated, granular, calcified region centered around the orifice, and large round pores scattered at or near the zooid margins. The orifice is large relative to zooid size, and slightly more than semi-circular distally, with a smooth and shallowly concave proximal margin, with small condyles at the hinge. Below the orifice is a mound (umbo) which forms the base of an avicularium. This bryozoan does not have avicularia at the boundaries between zooids, but does have occasional scattered avicularia. The ovicells are cap-shaped, and open with unperforated granular calcification. In some cases, ovicells are asymmetric over the operculum (Description from McCann et al. 2007).
Potentially Misidentified Species
Life History- Celleporaria pilaefera is an encrusting, calcified bryozoan, composed of many individual zooids. The zooids feed by extending the ciliated tentacles of the lophophore as a funnel, creating a current, and driving food particles into their mouths. The food is guided along the tentacles and through the pharynx by the cilia. Larger food particles can be moved or captured by flicking or contracting the tentacles (Barnes 1983). Larvae of other species of Celleporaria are non-feeding and have a short period of planktonic development (Hall 1982; Santagata 2008). Larvae settle on a substrate and metamorphose into the first zooid of a colony, an ancestrula (Barnes 1983).
Ecology- Celleporaria pilaefera is known from coral reefs, oyster aquaculture cages, fouling plates, and ships' hulls (Agius et al. 1977; Winston 1986; McCann et al. 2007; Williams et al. 2008). In the St. Johns River estuary, Florida, it was collected at a salinity of 30 PSU (McCann et al. 2007), and its known range suggests a preference for marine salinities and a tropical-subtropical climate.
|General Habitat||Marinas & Docks||None|
|General Habitat||Coral reef||None|
|Salinity Range||Polyhaline||18-30 PSU|
|Salinity Range||Euhaline||30-40 PSU|
Tolerances and Life History Parameters
|Broad Temperature Range||None||Warm Temperate-Tropical|
|Broad Salinity Range||None||Polyhaline-Euhaline|
General ImpactsImpacts of introduced populations of Celleporaria pilaefera have not been studied.
|Fouling aquaculture cages|
Regional Distribution Map
|Bioregion||Region Name||Year||Invasion Status||Population Status|
|CAR-VII||Cape Hatteras to Mid-East Florida||2002||Def||Estab|
|S180||St. Johns River||2002||Def||Estab|
|7523||McCann et al. 2007||2002||2002-01-01||Mayport Naval Station||Def||30.3796||-81.4286|
|7525||Harmer 1957, cited by McCann et al. 2007||None||9999-01-01||Red Sea||Native||20.0000||38.0000|
|7526||Hayward 1988, cited by McCann et al. 2007||None||9999-01-01||Mauritius||Native||-20.2000||57.5000|
|7527||Karande and Swami 1988||None||9999-01-01||Mumbai (Bombay)||Native||18.9750||72.8258|
|7528||McCann et al. 2007)||1929||1929-01-01||Philippines||Native||14.5833||120.9667|
|7530||Tilbrook 2006||None||9999-01-01||Nggela (Florida) Islands||Native||-9.0000||160.1000|
|7531||Tilbrook 2001, cited by McCann et al. 2007||None||9999-01-01||Port Vila||Native||-17.7500||168.3000|
|7533||Bishop Museum 1998||None||9999-01-01||Honolulu Harbor||Native||21.3094||-157.8725|
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