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Priapulida

  1. Robert Lee Wallace

Published Online: 22 JAN 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001592

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How to Cite

Wallace, R. L. 2002. Priapulida. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JAN 2002

Abstract

Priapulida is a very small phylum of free-living worms that inhabit marine sediments from the littoral zone to abyssal waters. The phylum name (Greek, priapus, phallus), given by Lamarck in 1816, comes from the fact that these worms resemble a small penis.

Keywords:

  • benthic;
  • marine worm;
  • cuticle;
  • moult;
  • introvert;
  • scalids;
  • burrowing