Gastrotrichs

Phylum Gastrotricha Number of families 13

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Microscopic, aquatic, strap-shaped, and tenpin-shaped ciliated worms with cuticular adhesive tubes

Photo: Paraturbanella sp. (Macrodasyida, Tur-banellidae). Species of this genus have been reported from the world over; the image is an adult specimen of a new species found along the sea shore of the State of Sao Paolo, Brazil, during 2002. Like other gastrotrichs this species feeds preferentially on bacteria and microscopic algae. (Photo by M. Antonio Todaro. Reproduced by permission.)

Photo: Paraturbanella sp. (Macrodasyida, Tur-banellidae). Species of this genus have been reported from the world over; the image is an adult specimen of a new species found along the sea shore of the State of Sao Paolo, Brazil, during 2002. Like other gastrotrichs this species feeds preferentially on bacteria and microscopic algae. (Photo by M. Antonio Todaro. Reproduced by permission.)

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