[paw-rif-er-uh, poh-, puh-]
- an animal phylum comprising the sponges.
Origin of Porifera
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The sponges have received the name of Porifera, on account of the structure above described.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
The later stages in the development of the larv of the Porifera are not similar to anything we know of in other groups.
It appears that in the present unsatisfactory state of our knowledge the larv of the Porifera may be divided into two groups: viz.
Word Origin and History for porifera
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