A very recently discovered phylum of tiny marine animals, found living interstitially between sand grains.
These animals were the most recently described phylum (1983) until the discovery of Cycliophora in 1995.
They are very small (200-400 µm) and are found living in the interstitial space between marine gravel. Although first discovered off the coast of France they are apparently widely distributed.
The Phylum Loricifera is a member of the Kingdom Animalia. Here is the complete "parentage" of Loricifera:
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Animalia C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
The Phylum Loricifera is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Family (2): Nanaloricidae · Pliciloricidae
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 17 species and subspecies in the Phylum Loricifera.
At least 16 species and subspecies belong to the Family Pliciloricidae.
More info about the Family Pliciloricidae may be found here.
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