Gastrotrichs are distant relatives of nematodes and rotifers. They locomote over a substrate with the aid of hairs on their belly. The name gastrotrich means 'belly haired'. They are inconspicuous little animals. Although they are as small or even smaller than most single celled protozoa they are multicellular animals.


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