Definition of siphonophore in English:

siphonophore

Line breaks: si¦phono|phore
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈfɒnəfɔː
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A colonial marine coelenterate of the order Siphonophora, such as a Portuguese man-of-war.
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    • Chondrophorines were once classified with another unusual group of hydrozoans, the siphonophores.
    • Evolutionary developmental innovations important for colonial integration have evolved independently in many colonial hydrozoans, and are displayed both in Hydractinia and in more advanced forms of siphonophores.
    • The siphonophores have achieved a degree of integration such that they are often regarded as solitary organisms in spite of their colonial organization.

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