Brach`i·o·la'ri·a noun plural
[ New Latin , from Latin brachiolum
-), dim. of brachium
-) arm.] (Zoology)
A peculiar early larval stage of certain starfishes, having a bilateral structure, and swimming by means of bands of vibrating cilia.
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• (n. pl.) A peculiar early larval stage of certain starfishes, having a bilateral structure, and swimming by means of bands of vibrating cilia.
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(from the article `echinoderm`) ...and form lobes or arms; one band lies in front of the mouth, the other behind it and around the edge of the body. In most asteroids the larval ...
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A brachiolaria is the second stage of larval development in many sea stars; it follows the bipinnaria. Brachiolaria have bilateral symmetry, unlike the adult sea stars, which have a pentaradial symmetry. Starfish of the order paxillosida (Astropecten and Asterina) have no brachiolaria stage, with the bipinnaria developing directly into an adult. T
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