Order Desmodorida

Rev. 06/24/15

  • cephalic capsule or helmet

  • three whorls of anterior sensillae

  • stoma with or without dorsal and subventral teeth

  • amphids loops and spirals

  • somatic setae along body

  • ornamentation and conspicuous striation of body

  • anterior and posterior adhesion tubes may be used in locomotion

  • mainly marine, some in brackish and freshwater

  • feeding unknown, probably bacteria, diatoms and unicellular eucaryotes


SEM of Desmodorida head capsule
Photographs from Encyclopedia of Life (http://www.eol.org)
   

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