A minor phylum of mesozoan worms that are parasites in the kidneys of cephalopod mollusks.
- However, it has been shown that in many phyla, such as Rhombozoa, Dicyemida, Nematoda, Gnathostomulida, and Chaetognatha, 18S rDNA genes do not evolve at a constant rate.
- They are now believed to be made up of two, possibly unrelated, groups: the Dicyemida (Rhombozoa) and Orthonectida.
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek rhombos 'rhombus' + zōia 'animals'.
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