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Parapodium
1) Lateral appendage of segments in annelids, supported by aciculum and bearing chaetae. Composed of two lobes, the dorsal notopodium and ventral neuropodium. May also bear gills and cirri in some species of annelid. 2) One of two lateral lobes of the posterior division of the foot in gastropod molluscs, which may be used to cover the shell or as a swimming organ (Stachowitsch, 1992).

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