Xenoturbella is a deuterostome that eats molluscs

  title={Xenoturbella is a deuterostome that eats molluscs},
  author={S. Bourlat and C. Nielsen and A. Lockyer and D. J. Littlewood and M. J. Telford},
  • S. Bourlat, C. Nielsen, +2 authors M. J. Telford
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Xenoturbella bocki, first described in 1949 (ref. 1), is a delicate, ciliated, marine worm with a simple body plan: it lacks a through gut, organized gonads, excretory structures and coelomic cavities. Its nervous system is a diffuse nerve net with no brain. Xenoturbella's affinities have long been obscure and it was initially linked to turbellarian flatworms. Subsequent authors considered it variously as related to hemichordates and echinoderms owing to similarities of nerve net and epidermal… CONTINUE READING
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