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Dendrochirotacea


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(subphylum Echinozoa, class Holothuroidea)

A subclass of sea cucumbers that are characterized by the ability to retract the anterior part of the body wall within the oral aperture by use of muscles connecting it to a ring of calcite plates surrounding the oesophagus. The fossil record dates back to the Ordovician.

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