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(English) A longitudinal ciliated groove on the ventral wall of the pharynx which produces mucus to gather food particles in Amphioxi and the ammocoete stage of Petromyzontiformes. In the latter it changes during development into the thyroid gland. Also called hypopharyngeal groove. (See also: ciliated, pharynx, mucus)

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