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Scaphopoda Line breaks: Scapho|poda
Pronunciation: /ˌskafəˈpəʊdə/

Definition of Scaphopoda in English:

plural noun

A class of molluscs that comprises the tusk shells.
Example sentences
  • There are approximately 900 species of Scaphopoda, commonly called tusk shells.
  • The assemblage of Bivalvia, Gastropoda and Scaphopoda contains 24 species, of which 13 are considered new, and is unequivocally the best-preserved Cretaceous molluscan fauna from the Australian region.
  • It is also now generally thought that they were ancestral to the Cephalopoda and Scaphopoda as well.


Pronunciation: /ˈskafəpɒd/
Example sentences
  • Other molluscs are present but less common, including bivalves, scaphopods, orthoconic cephalopods, tentaculitids, and small, indeterminate juvenile ammonoids.
  • Moreover, cephalopods or both scaphopods and cephalopods, are closely related to, and descended from, laterally compressed helcionelloids.
  • Like scaphopods, bivalves have a retractile foot which they use to burrow.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek skaphē 'boat' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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