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radial symmetry




Five-fold radial symmetry shown by the shell of a sea-urchin
Radial symmetry is symmetry about a single polar axis. It is a condition rare in nature though not infrequent among protozoans. Less than perfect radial symmetry is more common, five-fold symmetry being characteristic of echinoderms, including sea-urchins and starfish. This five-fold symmetry is shared by no other animals.


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