Animal Phyla/Loricifera

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A member of the Phylum Loricifera, Pliciloricus enigmatus.

Loricifera

  • Name Meaning: Corset bearer
  • English Common Name: Brush heads
  • Major distinguishing characteristics: Umbrella-like scales at each end
  • Approximate number of species described: about 122

Natural History[edit]

The Loricifera are marine animals. They live in the sediment between the grains of gravel or other sediment types.

Taxonomy[edit]

The Phylum is divided into one order and three families.

  • Order Nanaloricida
    • Family Nanaloricidae
    • Family Pliciloricidae
    • Family Urnaloricidae

Anatomy[edit]

The small-bodied Loricifera have a head, mouth and digestive system. They also have a lorica, which is an armor-like lorica which is a protective external shell.

The Fossil Record[edit]

One fossil, the Cambrian-era Eolorica deadwoodensis may be associated with the Loricifera.

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