Definition of Cycliophora in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsiklēˈäfərə/ /ˌsī-/
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'.

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Syllabification: Cy·cli·oph·o·ra

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