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  1. bdelloid(Noun)

    A rotifer of the subclass Bdelloidea.

  2. bdelloid(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to rotifers of the subclass Bdelloidea.


  1. Bdelloidea

    Bdelloidea is a class of rotifers found in fresh water and moist soil all over the world. There are believed to be around 450 different species of bdelloid rotifer, with varied characteristics through morphology or behaviour. The main characteristics shared by bdelloids are parthenogenetic reproduction and the ability to survive in harsh environments by anhydrobiosis. The size of bdelloids varies between 150 and 700 µm, although there are some species such as the Rotaria neptunia that are particularly long at 1600 µm.


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