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(Redirected from 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 | edit source]
The Loricifera are marine animals. They live in the sediment between the grains of gravel or other sediment types.
Taxonomy[edit | edit source]
The Phylum is divided into one order and three families.
- Order Nanaloricida
- Family Nanaloricidae
- Family Pliciloricidae
- Family Urnaloricidae
Anatomy[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
One fossil, the Cambrian-era Eolorica deadwoodensis may be associated with the Loricifera.
Quiz[edit | edit source]
References and Further Reading[edit | edit source]
- Loricifera at Wikipedia
- Loricifera at Tree of Life
- Loricifera at Encyclopedia of Life