Any of various microscopic aquatic invertebrate animals of the phylum Rotifera, having at the head end a wheellike ring of cilia used for feeding and locomotion.
Any of a phylum (Rotifera) of microscopic invertebrate animals found mostly in fresh waters, having one or more rings of cilia at the front end of the body that, when vibrated, resemble rotating wheels.
Any of various tiny, multicellular aquatic animals of the phylum Rotifera, having a wheel-like ring of cilia at their front ends. The cilia trap small organisms for food. Rotifers are grouped by some scientists together with nematodes and some other invertebrates as aschelminths.
From New Latin Rotiferaphylum name Latin rotawheelrota Latin -fer-fer
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Rotifer Sentence Examples
Thus the rotifer is, as it were, constantly drawn forward into the centre of this vortex ring.
- a, Microcodon clavus, showing corona, lateral antennae and jointed foot; b, Rhinops vitrea, corona from below, showing proboscidiform extension containing eyes; c, Philodina megalotrocha; d, head of Rotifer macroceros, postero-ventral view, showing lobes of corona, and antero-dorsal median antenna, telescopic with setae; e, Rotifer (Actinurus) neptunius, showing head with retracted corona, and protruded dorsal proboscis bearing median antenna, and telescopic foot with toes and spurs; f.
The image right shows a rotifer, a microscopic organism that can be found in a bird-bath or roof gutter.
The image of the bdelloid rotifer was exposed using electronic flash.
female rotifer trapped by the fungus The rotifer is being viewed from ' above ' and her tail is pointing into the screen.