Dicyemida


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Dicyemida

[‚dī‚sī′em·ə·də]
(invertebrate zoology)
An order of mesozoans comprising minute, wormlike parasites of the renal organs of cephalopod mollusks.
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All members of the phylum Dicyemida are found in the renal sacs of benthic cephalopod molluscs (Nouvel, 1947; McConnaughey, 1951; Hochberg, 1990).
In the Dicyemida, two adult forms, the nematogen and the rhombogen, develop asexually from an agamete (axoblast) through a vermiform embryo within the axial cell of parent nematogens (Fig.