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de- +‎ branchiate


debranchiate (not comparable)

  1. (zoology) Lacking branchiae.
    • 1864 October, Harry Seeley, “On the Septa and Siphuncles of Cephalopod Shells” in The Quarterly Journal of Science I, № iv, page 761/2:
      If this is the significance of septa in the nautilus, the same must be said of all nautiloid shells, and the families of Ammonites and Orthoceratites; and as the structure of the phragmacone of Belemnites is essentially similar, it must also be applied to such debranchiate shells as are chambered.
    • 1934, Natural History Report: Zoology VII, British Museum, page 144:
      One was wholly debranchiate, the other had but one gill plume remaining.
    • 1988, Jost Wiedmann and Jürgen Kullmann (editors), Cephalopods Present and Past: Otto Heinrich Schindewolf Symposium, Tübingen 1985 (2nd International Cephalopod Symposium), E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, ISBN 3510651332 (10), ISBN 9783510651337 (13), page 676:
      Sectioned buccal masses of several debranchiate cephalopods prepared by Mrs. von Boletzky were studied with the help of S. von Boletzky at the Laboratoire Arago in Banyuls-sur-Mer.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:debranchiate.