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Hemichordata




A subphylum of the chordata (see chordate) containing two types of animals: worm-like burrowing forms (called acorn worms) and sedentary forms (known as pterobranchs). All are marine. The burrowing forms have soft bodies divided into proboscis, collar, and trunk. The proboscis and collar are distensible. The sedentary forms are colonial, a number of individuals called zonoids being enclosed in a gelatinous "house."


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