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turbellarian

(tûr′bə-lâr′ē-ən)
n.
Any of various free-living chiefly aquatic ciliate flatworms, including the planarians.

tur′bel·lar′i·an adj.

turbellarian

any aquatic free-swimming PLATYHELMINTH of the class Turbellaria, the body of which is covered with cilia.
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A low prevalence of gill infestation by the turbellarian Urastoma cyprinae is commonly reported in the oyster Crassostrea virginica from Canada (Brun et al.
A Urastoma-Eke turbellarian was detected in gills of three Ensis macha sampled in May.
Dual origins of mesoderm in a basal member of the spiralian clade: cell lineage studies in the polyclad turbellarian Hoploplana inquilina.
Because our data were not normally distributed and data transformation did not change the data to normal, we used the Kruskal-Wallis test followed by a Dunn's test to compare (1) the number of turbellarians found in the different regions of the gill (microhabitat distribution), (2) the parasite intensities registered in different seasons at each sampling location, and (3) the parasite intensities observed in the 3 host size classes.
Molecular analyses that include other lower turbellarian groups (for example, the Catenulida and the Nemertodermatida) and the Orthonectida, a group tentatively included in the Mesozoa, will provide further information for understanding the phylogenetic position of the dicyemids.
We observed the presence of intestinal and gill turbellarians, which didn't induce damage to the organism (McGladdery et al.
The Spiralia comprises several invertebrate phyla including the molluscs, annelids, nemerteans, sipunculids, echiurans, and some turbellarian platyheiminths.
Such a mode of adhesion has already been described in bacteria (Corpe, 1974; Marshall, 1974) and diatoms (Cooksey, 1981), and has been proposed in several turbellarians and archiannelids (Martin, 1978).
The turbellarians found infesting the gills of Caloosahatchee oysters elicited a light to moderate hemocytic response from the gills and formed a mucus coat around themselves.
The turbellarian Paravortex mesodesma (Grafillidae) was recorded in the lumen of the intestine of specimens from three of the five studied localities.
On the other hand, the commercial sized specimens were parasitized by intracellular inclusions of bacteria-like organisms, ciliates, turbellarians and copepods.