Definition of Cycliophora in English:


Line breaks: Cycli|oph¦ora
Pronunciation: /sɪklɪˈɒphərə


  • A new phylum that has been proposed for a minute marine invertebrate (Symbion pandora) that was discovered in 1995 attached to the mouthparts of lobsters. It is related to the phyla Bryozoa and Entoprocta.
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    • In the original description we stated that the Cycliophora are related to Entoprocta / Ectoprocta.
    • Also unresolved are the phylogenetic positions of Cycloneuralia, Chaetognatha, Gnathostomulida, Cycliophora, and Micrognathozoa.
    • The marine Cycliophora is the most recently described phylum in the animal kingdom.


modern Latin (plural), from Greek kuklios 'circular' + pherein 'to bear'.

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