Definition of Rotifera in English:

Rotifera

Line breaks: Ro|tif¦era
Pronunciation: /rəʊˈtɪf(ə)rə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A small phylum of minute multicellular aquatic animals which have a characteristic wheel-like ciliated organ used in swimming and feeding.
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    • Micrognathozoa lack this characteristic feature and, therefore, are postulated to be more basal in the Gnathifera, as a sister-group either to Gnathostomulida or Rotifera / Acanthocephala.
    • The remaining members of this novel metazoan clade were Rotifera, Acanthocephala (together Syndermata), and Cycliophora.
    • Because the new taxon lacks syncytia, a key character for the Rotifera and Acanthocephala, the Micrognathozoa cannot be included in Syndermata.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Latin rota 'wheel' + ferre 'to bear'.

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