Definition of Porifera

1. Noun. Coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges.

Exact synonyms: Phylum Porifera
Group relationships: Parazoa, Subkingdom Parazoa
Member holonyms: Parazoan, Poriferan, Sponge, Sponge Genus, Class Hyalospongiae, Hyalospongiae
Generic synonyms: Phylum



Definition of Porifera

1. n. pl. A grand division of the Invertebrata, including the sponges; -- called also Spongiæ, Spongida, and Spongiozoa. The principal divisions are Calcispongiæ, Keratosa or Fibrospongiæ, and Silicea.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Porifera

Populus alba
Populus balsamifera
Populus canescens
Populus deltoides
Populus grandidentata
Populus heterophylla
Populus nigra
Populus nigra italica
Populus tremula
Populus tremuloides
Populus trichocarpa
Porcellio
Porcellionidae
Pordenone
Pori
Porifera (current term)
Poronotus
Poronotus triacanthus
Porphyra
Porphyrio
Porphyrio porphyrio
Porphyrula
Porphyrula martinica
Porroh
Porscha
Porsche
Porsches
Port-Vila
Port-au-Prince
Port-of-Spain

Literary usage of Porifera

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"... Note sur la nature des Herdman, WA and Chadwick, HC Porifera, ... Kirkpatrick, R. Porifera, in ..."

2. A Manual of the Anatomy of Invertebrated Animals by Thomas Henry Huxley (1878)
"THE Porifera AND THE ... a matter of de- The lowest term in the series of the Metazoa is undoubtedly represented by the Porifera or Sponges, which, ..."

3. Zoology: An Elementary Text-book by Arthur Everett Shipley, Ernest William MacBride (1901)
"A closer inspection however reveals the fact that the tissues of the Porifera are very different from those of Coelenterata. and originate in a different ..."

4. Zoology: An Elementary Text-book by Arthur Everett Shipley, Ernest William MacBride (1904)
"PHYLUM Porifera, 'I'HK ^r»up of the sponges or Porifera occupies an almost isolated position in the animal kingdom. Sponges agree, it is true, ..."

5. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"CHAPTER IV PHYLUM Porifera THE members of the Phylum Porifera (Lat. parus, a pore, ferre, to bear) are commonly called sponges. The ordinary bath sponge of ..."

6. A Treatise on Zoology by Edwin Ray Lankester (1900)
"THE Sponges or Porifera form a well-characterised group of animals, very abundant in all seas, from the equator to the poles, and flourishing at all depths, ..."

7. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"CHAPTER V. Porifera. ALTHOUGH within the last few years greater advances have probably been made in our knowledge of the development of the Porifera than of ..."

8. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1880)
"CHAPTER V. Porifera. ALTHOUGH within the last few years greater advances have probably been made in our knowledge of the development of the Porifera than of ..."

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