- (in certain bryozoans) an asexually produced group of cells encased in a chitinous covering that can survive unfavorable conditions, as freezing or drought, and germinate to produce a new colony.
Origin of statoblast
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The air-cells are unusually large and extend over a great part of the dorsal surface of the statoblast.
Oka has described the development from the statoblast of the allied Japanese species.
- zoology an encapsulated bud produced asexually by certain bryozoans that can survive adverse conditions and that gives rise to a new colony
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