oligochaete


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oligochaete

(ŏl′ĭ-gō-kēt′, ō′lĭ-)
n.
Any of various annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Oligochaeta, including the earthworms and aquatic species found chiefly in freshwater, which lack the appendages typical of polychaetes.

ol′i·go·chae′tous (-kē′təs) adj.

Oligochaete

any ANNELID worm of the class Oligochaeta, including the earthworms. They occur mainly in nonacidic soils and in freshwater, and are distinguished from the other major order of CHAETOPODS, the POLYCHAETES, by a lack of PARAPODIA (projections from the body), few CHAETAE and lack of a well-developed head. Fertilization is internal (external in polychaetes).
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