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(invertebrate zoology)
An artificial taxon considered to be a phylum in some systems of classification, but variously defined as including all invertebrates except arthropods, or including all vermiform invertebrates.



(worms), a heterogeneous group of invertebrates that includes about 46,000 species. As a general rule, worms have an elongated body whose walls consist of a cutaneous covering and musculature (the musculocutaneous sac). Locomotion is mainly peristaltic. Together with mollusks and arthropods, the Vermes belong to the group Protostomia. They cover an extensive morphophysiological range in the evolutionary series of invertebrates.

In the 19th century, the Vermes were regarded as a separate phylum. Scientists now consider that they constitute several independent phyla: Plathelminthes (flatworms), Nemathelminthes (nematodes), Nemertini, Echiurida, Sipunculida, and Annelida. The first three phyla are often united under the designation Scolecida. The remaining phyla are usually united with mollusks and arthropods in the higher group of trochophores (Trochozoa). Some zoologists consider Annelida and Arthropoda as subphyla of an extensive phylum known as Articulata.


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Beklemishev, V. N. Osnovy sravnitel’noi anatomii bespozvonochnykh, 3rd ed., vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1964.


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Few things on the surface, observes Geza Vermes, a professor emeritus of Jewish studies at Oxford University.
Dessa primeira uniao teve tres filhos, entre eles o historiador Carlo Ginzburg, autor do livro O queijo e os vermes.
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In this respect, one is of course reminded of the work of Geza Vermes, who follows a similar approach in this matter.
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vermes que perforant navigie', which translates as 'in this gulf Corabaru worms are born which bore through ships'--a reference to the shipworm Teredo navalis.
Outra hipotese a ser relatada e o fenomeno de autocura que os animais sofrem apos um periodo de chuvas intensas, quando as contagens de ovos de vermes nas fezes caem em virtude da eliminacao da maior parte da carga de vermes adultos (URQUHART et al.
Todos los pacientes tenian antecedente de expulsion de vermes por boca (100%), como evidencia de la migracion erratica del parasito.