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Acanthocephala (Thorny-Headed Worms)

  1. DWT Crompton

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001595



How to Cite

Crompton, D. 2001. Acanthocephala (Thorny-Headed Worms). eLS. .

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  1. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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The Acanthocephala or thorny-headed worms constitute a group of about 1100 species of endoparasites. Sexual maturity occurs in the gut of a vertebrate and development in the body cavity of an arthropod.


  • helminths;
  • endoparasitism;
  • Acanthocephala;
  • phylogeny;
  • reproduction