Definition of Entoprocta in English:


plural noun

  • 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.