Definition of poriferan in English:


Line breaks: por|if¦er¦an
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɪf(ə)rən


  • An aquatic invertebrate animal of the phylum Porifera; a sponge.
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    • With a worldwide fauna of at least 15,000 species, poriferans are among the most diverse of sessile marine taxa.
    • In all cases, poriferans have a canal system, through which they pump water.
    • The first seems to have occurred before the split between poriferans and the other metazoans.


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  • Relating to or denoting poriferans.
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    • In that time, the first undoubted fossil annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, echinoderms, molluscs, onychophorans, poriferans, and priapulids show up in rocks all over the world.
    • For that matter, even the syncytial ‘gut’ departs further from the cnidarian or poriferan system than from the bilaterian archenteron.
    • Between 1859 and 1866, he worked on many ‘invertebrate’ groups, including radiolarians, poriferans and annelids (segmented worms).

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