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Watch a clip of an acanthocephalan here.

An unidentified acanthocephalan extending and retracting its spiny proboscis.

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Chapter:

Acanthocephalans
(Spiny/Throny-headed Worms)

 

Synapomorphies

What makes an acanthocephalan an acanthocephalan?

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    Acanthocephala (formerly a phylum)​ - All parasitic. Adults are endoparasites that live in the small intestines of their definitive (final) vertebrate hosts. In an aquatic environment, intermediate hosts are usually arthropods, final hosts are usually fishes. In a terrestrial environment, paratenic hosts include lizards and amphibians, definitive hosts vary.
    Reference(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Resources

Chapter: Acanthocephalans

Background Information

Total discovered species:
Distribution: 

Commonly Associated Terms

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Evolutionary History & Adaptation

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Conservation and Threats

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Additional Resources

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Chapter Advisors and Contributors

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John Doe
PhD Entomology

Lead Researcher at Bugtopia

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James Doe
MSc Insect Pest Management

Termite Specialist

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Ann Doe
MSc Aquatic Entomology

Entomologist at BugTech