Definition of Cycliophora in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪklɪˈɒphərə/

plural noun

A new phylum that has been proposed for a minute marine invertebrate (Symbion pandora) that was discovered in 1995 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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