phasmid


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phasmid

[′faz·məd]
(invertebrate zoology)
One of a pair of lateral caudal pores which function as chemoreceptors in certain nematodes.
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In conclusion, recognition of the selective pressures of autotommy on phasmids may provide insight as to why they are the only order of insects that regularly shed and regenerate lost legs.
But the 3,000 or so species in an insect group called the phasmids take camouflage to an extreme, says Sonja Wedmann of the Institute for Paleontology in Bonn, Germany.
Of the intestinal nematodes, only Trichuris trichiura does not possess the phasmid.