from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one of the aplacophora; a deep-water wormlike mollusk lacking calcareous plates on the body but having fine limy spicules on the covering mantle.
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- n. deep-water wormlike mollusks lacking calcareous plates on the body but having fine slimy spicules on the covering mantle
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Some authors propose the clade to represent the most basal branch within Mollusca, while others claim aplacophoran mollusks (Solenogastres and Caudofoveata) to be derived.
The phylogenetic status of the aplacophoran mollusk taxon Solenogastres (Neomeniomorpha) is controversially discussed.
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