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Palaeacanthocephala (Spiny-headed worms)

Wikipedia Abstract

Palaeacanthocephala ("ancient thornheads") is a class within the phylum Acanthocephala. The adults of these parasitic platyzoans feed mainly on fish, aquatic birds and mammals. The nuclei of the hypodermis (outer layer of skin) are fragmented and the males have two to seven cement glands, unlike their relatives the Archiacanthocephala which always have eight.
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Echinorhynchida (Spiny-headed worms) (589)
Heteramorphida (1)
Polymorphida (Spiny-headed worms) (382)

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External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0