One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of chordate animals that comprises the tunicates.
- ‘One such taxon is the Urochordata or tunicates, a highly diverse group of organisms that live in the widest variety of marine environments spread throughout the globe.’
- ‘Although this classification is widely accepted, some authors recognize three chordate phyla: Urochordata for the urochordates, Cephalochordata for the lancelets, and Vertebrata for the vertebrates.’
- ‘Some zoologists would put the Urochordata closer to the Echinodermata, instead of within the Chordata proper.’
- ‘For this reason, the three subphyla, Urochordata, Cephalochordata, and Vertebrata, will be treated separately.’
- ‘The Urochordata, sometimes known as the Tunicata, are commonly known as ‘sea squirts.’’
Modern Latin (plural), from uro- ‘tail’ + Chordata.
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