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  Phylum Gastrotricha

Order Macrodasyida

    Genus Marinellina
    Family Redudasyidae
    Family Cephalodasyidae
    Family Dactylopdolidae
    Family Lepidodasyidae
    Family Macrodasyidae
    Family Planodasyidae
    Family Thaumastodermatidae
    Family Turbanellidae
    Family Xenodasyidae

Taxon Information

The Order Macrodasyida has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has not been reported from North America.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Macrodasyida, "an almost entirely marine group not yet reported from North American freshwaters" (Strayer et al., 2010).
  • Macrodasyida, [Palearctic, Neotropical; 2 species worldwide in 2 genera] (Balsamo et al., 2008).
  • Macrodasyoidea, "all are marine with one known exception" (Zakarija, 1980).


  • Strayer, D.L., W.D. Hummon & R. Hochberg. 2010. Gastrotricha. [in] J.H. Thorp & A.P. Covich (eds.). Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, 3rd edition: 163-172.
  • Balsamo, M., J.-L. d'Hondt, J. Kisielewski & L. Pierboni. 2008. Global diversity of gastrotrichs (Gastrotricha) in fresh waters. Hydrobiologia 595: 85-91. [Available online]
  • Zakarija, J.L. 1980. Gastrotricha of Central Wisconsin. M.S. Thesis, Loyola University, Chicago. 85 pp.

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