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Echiura
Temporal range: Upper Carboniferous – Recent
Bonellia viridis, female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Echiura
Newby, 1940
Orders
  • Echiuroidea
  • Heteromyota
  • Xenopneusta

The Echiura, or spoon worms, are a small group of marine animals. They are often considered to be a group of annelids, although they lack the segmented structure found in other members of that group, and so may also be treated as a separate phylum.

However, phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences place echiurans and sipuncula within the Annelida.

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