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  1. Robert Lee Wallace

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001588



How to Cite

Wallace, R. L. 2001. Rotifera. eLS. .

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  1. Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Rotifera are minute, bilaterally symmetrical, unsegmented animals that live predominantly in freshwaters. The phylum name (Latin, rota, wheel; ferre, to bear) was first used by Cuvier in 1798; this refers to the anterior end which, in many species, resembles a rotating wheel due to the sequential beat of its cilia.


  • anhydrobiosis;
  • corona;
  • diapause;
  • intracytoplasmic lamina;
  • pseudocoelom;
  • parthenogenesis;
  • resting egg;
  • trophi;
  • syncytium