- the free-swimming, bilaterally symmetrical larva of certain starfishes.
Origin of bipinnaria
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Bipinnaria or Branchiolaria: The larval stage of starfishes.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Thus the larv of the starfishes were called Bipinnaria, the larv of the sea-urchins Pluteus, and so on.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The bands of cilia have the same general form as in Bipinnaria.
The egg becomes a sort of infusoria, the infusoria becomes a bipinnaria, and this produces the Asterias.The Ocean World:
The commonest and most thoroughly investigated form of Asteroid larva is a free-swimming form known as Bipinnaria.