A Brief Discussion of “Mud Dragons”

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A Brief Discussion of “Mud Dragons”
This name “mud dragon” conjures up a wicked monster that rises from the murky depths. However, as dragons do not actually exist,
The phylum
kinorhyncha
refers to a small, segmented marine worm. The name is derived from the Greek words
kinema
(motion) and
rhynchos
(proboscis or snout). Better known as the “mud dragon,”
kinorhynches
are part of the
superphylum
Ecdysozoa
, which includes arthropods and nematodes. Some scientists classify
kinorhynches
as a class within the phylum
Aschelminthes
, but that is not widely accepted (“
Kinorhyncha
” I).
Kinorhyncha
has two orders under the umbrella name
pseudocoelomates
:
Homalorhagida
and
Cyclorhagida
. The two orders contain about 100 types of
kinorhyncha
in...
The end:
.....tening
, but a somewhat interesting creature.
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