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tadpole larva

the larva of a tunicate (ASCIDIACEA). It possesses a tail, NOTOCHORD and tubular nerve cord, and is indicative of the evolutionary relationships of the adults.
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Fine structure of the photoreceptor and cerebral ganglion of the tadpole larva of Amaroucium constellatum (Verrill) (Subphylum: Urochordata; Class: Ascidiacea).
The ascidian tadpole larva is regarded as a prototype of the ancestral chordate.
Anural development in ascidians: evolutionary modification and elimination of the tadpole larva.