solenogaster

solenogaster

[suh-lee-nuh-gas-ter, -len-uh-]
noun Zoology.
any of a group of wormlike mollusks, class Solenogastres (formerly Aplacophora), inhabiting deep ocean layers and having fine limy spicules on the covering mantle.
Also called aplacophoran.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin, equivalent to soleno- (combining form of Greek sōlḗn pipe, channel; see -o-) + -gaster < Greek gastḗr paunch, belly

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solenogaster

any small, wormlike, marine mollusk of the class Aplacophora. Unlike most mollusks, solenogasters have no shell. They are covered instead by a spiny cuticle. Most are 2.5 cm (1 inch) or less in length. The largest is 30 cm long. The animals occur at ocean depths of 30 to 1,800 m (100 to 5,900 feet). About 150 species are known.

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