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Wheel Wearers: Cycliophora

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation StatusGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, WHEEL WEARERS AND PEOPLE

Wheel wearers live in the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean, including the Mediterranean Sea.


Wheel wearers live only on bristles in the mouths of Norway lobsters.

Wheel wearers eat particles of the lobster's prey, usually mollusks and crustaceans. Mollusks (MAH-lusks) are animals with a soft, unsegmented body that may or may not have a shell. Crustaceans (krus-TAY-shuns) are water-dwelling animals that have jointed legs and a hard shell but no backbone.


Wheel wearers have no known importance to people. Because they do not harm their lobster hosts, wheel wearers are not a problem for people who make their living catching and selling lobsters.


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