Cycliophora


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Noun1.Cycliophora - tiny marine organisms each the size of a period found in great numbers on lobsters' lips; identified tentatively in 1995 as a new phylum or as possible link between Entoprocta and Ectoprocta
animal kingdom, Animalia, kingdom Animalia - taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
Symbion pandora - only known species of Cycliophora; lives symbiotically attached to a lobster's lip by an adhesive disk and feeding by means of a hairy mouth ring; its complex life cycle includes asexual and sexual phases
phylum - (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes
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Cycliophora is a new phylum with affinities to Entoprocta and Ectoprocta.
Table 1 Major proposed basal neural bodyplan features of lophotorhozon taxa Character (general) Taxon Number of Segmentation Ventral nerves ventral with metameric longitudinal ganglia nerves ANNELIDA 1-5 (formation + + starts with 2 in early larva) ECHIURA 2 (fused) + - SIPUNCULA 2-3 (fused) + (larva only) - MOLLUSCA 4 (2 ventral, 2 - - visceral [lateral]) ENTOPROCTA 4 (2 ventral, 2 - - visceral [lateral]; swimming-type larva only) CYCLIOPHORA 2 FMRFamidergic.
A mitochondrial genomics study was initiated using organisms from invertebrate phyla including Priapulida (Halicryptus spinulosus), Rotifera (Encentrum tectipes), Acanthocephala (Echinorynchus gadi), Gnathostomulida (Gnathostomula peregrini), Cycliophora (Symbion pandora), and Nematoda (Oscheius tipulae and Rhabditoides regina).