bdelloid

noun bdel·loid \ ˈde-ˌlȯid \

Definition of bdelloid

plural bdelloids
: any of a class (Bdelloidea) of rotifers that reproduce by parthenogenesis and are known to only exist as females
  • With some 360 described species, bdelloids are the largest class of multicelled animal that reproduces asexually.
  • —Henry FountainNew York Times23 May 2000
Note: Bdelloids inhabit both terrestrial and benthic environments. They include forms that swim freely using a ciliated disk and other forms that creep like a leech by alternating attaching their head and tail ends to a surface.

bdelloid

adjective
    • This group of tiny water creatures, called bdelloid rotifers, is thriving in fresh water and soggy land worldwide despite, seemingly, no sex for at least 40 million years.
    • —Susan MiliusScience News28 June 2003
    • … corresponding gene copies in individual bdelloid clones can differ by as much as 49% …
    • —Natalia N. Pouchkina-Stantcheva et al.Science12 Oct. 2007

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Origin and Etymology of bdelloid

from the base of New Latin Bdelloida or Bdelloidea bdelloidea


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