Share this entry
Cycliophora Syllabification: Cy·cli·oph·o·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌsiklēˈäfərə/ /ˌsī-/

Definition of Cycliophora in English:

A phylum established for a minute marine invertebrate (Symbion pandora) discovered in the 1990s attached to the mouthparts of lobsters. It is related to the phyla Bryozoa and Entoprocta.
Example sentences
  • In the original description we stated that the Cycliophora are related to Entoprocta / Ectoprocta.
  • Also unresolved are the phylogenetic positions of Cycloneuralia, Chaetognatha, Gnathostomulida, Cycliophora, and Micrognathozoa.
  • The marine Cycliophora is the most recently described phylum in the animal kingdom.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek kuklios 'circular' + pherein 'to bear'.

Definition of Cycliophora in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources