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In Bryozoa, a special, resistant body by which the animals reproduce asexually. It consists of a mass of cells containing stored food enclosed in a chitinous envelope, which can withstand desiccation and freezing and which may remain dormant for prolonged periods. The structure and shape of statoblasts are important taxonomic features of freshwater bryozoans.

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