comatulid


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co·mat·u·lid

 (kə-măch′ə-lĭd)
[From New Latin Comātulidae, former family name, from Late Latin comātulus, having neatly curled hair, from Latin comātus, having long hair; see comate1.]

co·mat′u·lid adj.

comatulid

(kəˈmætjʊlɪd) or

comatula

n, pl -lids or -lae (-liː)
(Animals) any of a group of crinoid echinoderms, including the feather stars, in which the adults are free-swimming
[C19: from New Latin Comatulidae, from Comatula type genus, from Latin comātus hairy]
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Noun1.comatulid - free-swimming stalkless crinoid with ten feathery armscomatulid - free-swimming stalkless crinoid with ten feathery arms; found on muddy sea bottoms
crinoid - primitive echinoderms having five or more feathery arms radiating from a central disk
Antedon, genus Antedon - a genus of echinoderms of the family Antedonidae
References in periodicals archive ?
Furthermore, comatulid individuals with missing or regenerating visceral masses have frequently been identified in nature (Clark, 1915; Meyer, 1988).
Comatulid crinoids have long, slender arms composed of a linear series of ossicles connected by muscles and ligaments (Breimer, 1978).
Grimmer and Holland (1987), however, showed experimentally that destruction of these coelomic canals did not affect recovery from flexure in the comatulid Florometra serratissima.
stalkless comatulids or stalked isocrinids, spread their arms while feeding as a flat or parabolic filter fan oriented perpendicularly to the prevailing currents and with the ambulacral grooves directed down-current (Meyer 1979).
Postmetamorphic (juvenile and adult) echinoderms are benthic organisms including starfish (asteroids), sea urchins (echinoids), sea cucumbers (holothuroids), brittle stars (ophiuroids), and comatulids and sea lilies (crinoids).
Microscopic anatomy and functional significance of the muscle-ligament-skeleton system in the arm of comatulids (Antedon mediterranea).
and in the comatulids Antedon bifida (Kelly and McKenzie, in press) and A.