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A small phylum of sedentary aquatic invertebrates that resemble moss animals. They have a rounded body on a long stalk, bearing a ring of tentacles for filtering food from the water.
- ‘In the original description we stated that the Cycliophora are related to Entoprocta / Ectoprocta.’
- ‘Cycliophora was originally allied to the Entoprocta and Ectoprocta based on ultrastructual research.’
- ‘When the character scoring between these studies is compared, one finds no debate about character scoring for phyla such as Mollusca, Sipuncula, Echiura, and Entoprocta.’
- ‘This group includes the Phoronida and Entoprocta (both small groups) as well as the Bryozoa (‘moss’ animals) and Brachiopoda, both of which have an extensive fossil record.’
- ‘In our original description the Cycliophora was related to the Entoprocta and Ectoprocta on the basis of ultrastructural research.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek entos within + prōktos anus, the anus being within the ring of tentacles.
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