poriferan


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po·rif·er·an

 (pə-rĭf′ər-ən)
n.
See sponge.

[From New Latin Porifera, phylum name : New Latin porus, pore (from Latin, passage; see pore2) + Latin -fera, neuter pl. of -fer, -fer.]

po·rif′er·an adj.

poriferan

(pɔːˈrɪfərən)
n
(Animals) any invertebrate of the phylum Porifera, which comprises the sponges
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the phylum Porifera
[C19: from New Latin porifer bearing pores]

po•rif•er•an

(pɔˈrɪf ər ən, poʊ-, pə-)

n.
1. any animal of the phylum Porifera, comprising the sponges.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Porifera.
[1860–65; < New Latin Porifer(a) (Late Latin por(us) pore2 + -i- -i- + -fera, neuter pl. of -ferus -ferous]

po·rif·er·an

(pə-rĭf′ər-ən)
See sponge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poriferan - primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
phylum Porifera, Porifera - coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges
glass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
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These bacterial assemblages are highly conserved among poriferan species, over both time and space, and conservation is thought to be due in part to the microbes fulfilling specific functional roles for the sponges (Fan et al.
Specifically, it was aimed to assess the relationship between the presence of YBD and WPII on stony corals (Orbicella and Montastraea) with 1) water depth and 2) abundance of poriferan sponges in 1-meter radius.
Beam trawl samples were dominated by a variety of benthic organisms; the top 5 taxa determined on the basis of their average proportion per station were caridean shrimp, common sand dollar (Echinarachnius parma), Leucoraja spp., poriferan sponges, and bivalves (Suppl.
(2014), the [alpha]-CA family divides into an early branching and monophyletic poriferan clade in addition to two [alpha]-CA secondary clades.
Peterson, "Poriferan Paraphyly and Its Implications for Precambrian Palaeobiology," Geological Society of London Special Publications 286 (2007): 355-68; and E.
In fact, the only winner here is a poriferan who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
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sponge genetree server--providing a phylogenetic backbone for poriferan evolutionary studies.