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- n. Plural form of zooid.
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In budding, the buds (zooids), differentiate along the length of the "parents body", forming chains until fission separates them into new individuals.
The avicularia, like the vibracula, probably serve for defence, but they also catch and kill small living animals, which it is believed are afterwards swept by the currents within reach of the tentacula of the zooids.
The avicularia are believed by Mr. Busk, Dr. Smitt, and Dr. Nitschenaturalists who have carefully studied this groupto be homologous with the zooids and their cells which compose the zoöphyte; the moveable lip or lid of the cell corresponding with the lower and moveable mandible of the avicularium.
The individuality of the species is represented by the whole of the form produced between two sexual reproductions; and these forms, which are apparently individual animals, have been called zooids.
Instead of dogs and bunnies, he makes gigantic, science-inspired sculptures of jellyfish, neurons, and zooids.
To do so, the zooids utilize specialized feeding structures known as lophophores that are ciliated and can be extended or retracted as needed.
Such zooids are specialised to such an extent that they lack the structures associated with other functions and are therefore dependent for survival on the others to do what the particular zooid cannot do by itself.