Etymology:- From the Latin Loricus for girdle or Lorica a corselet and Ferre to bear,
hence an animal with a girdle or corselet.

Characteristics of Loricifera:-
1)Bilaterally symmetrical.
2)Body has more than two cell layers and includes tissues and organs.
3)Has a body cavity, and a straight through gut.
4)Body has three distinct regions, a head a neck and a trunk.
5)Has one pair of gonads = gonochoristic.
6)Has a well developed nervous system with a brain and nerve ganglia.
7)Has a distinct larval stage.
8)Lives in marine environments.
9)About ten species currently known.





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