Entoprocta definition

  • proper-noun:
    • A taxonomic phylum in the kingdom Animalia — many small sessile aquatic creatures having a crown of tentacles surrounding a mouth and anal area.
  • noun-plural:
    • a small grouping of Bryozoa in which the anal area is within the circle of tentacles. See pedicellina.
  • others:
    • One of two divisions of Polyzoa established by Nitsche (others being Ectoprocta), including those Polyzoa where rectum opens up within the circlet of tentacles of lophophore.
  • noun:
    • occasionally considered a subphylum of Bryozoa

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