- a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
Origin of veliger
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Except in Oncidium, there is no longer a veliger stage in development.
There is a veliger stage in development, but the velum is reduced.
It is purely a larval organ, disappearing before the close of the veliger stage.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
E, The trochosphere passing to the veliger stage, dorsal view showing the formation of the primitive shell-sac.
Trochosphere and veliger stages of development are consequently not recognizable.
- the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion
C19: from New Latin, from velum + -ger (ous)