Definition of veliger in English:


Line breaks: ve|li¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈviːlɪdʒə


  • The final larval stage of certain molluscs, having two ciliated flaps for swimming and feeding.
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    • Torsion takes place during the veliger stage, usually very rapidly.
    • Most marine bivalves go through a trochophore stage before turning into a free-swimming veliger larva.
    • The veliger usually metamorphoses in 5-6 days.


late 19th century: from velum + Latin -ger 'bearing'.

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