Ambulacrum



one of the radial areas in an echinoderm, as the sea urchin, bearing the tube feet by which the creature moves.
noun (pl) -ra (-rə)
any of five radial bands on the ventral surface of echinoderms, such as the starfish and sea urchin, on which the tube feet are situated

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    one of the radial areas in an echinoderm, as the sea urchin, bearing the tube feet by which the creature moves. Historical Examples The ambulacral zones are depressed, leaving prominent elevations which make a very conspicuous figure on the top. The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold ambulacral zones: The five areas containing the rows […]

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