A distinct juvenile stage many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larva ]

Synonyms: larva stage

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Term information

database cross reference
Subsets

efo_slim

taxonomic disambiguation
tornaria [ NCBITaxon:10219 ]

curator notes

Uberon includes clade-specific subclasses, e.g. nematod larva

has narrow synonym

grub
nymph stage
zoea stage
maggot stage
caterpillar
leptocephalus stage
glochidium stage
trochophore
caterpillar stage
glochidium
ammocoete stage
bipinnaria
planula stage
naiad, nymph
maggot
tornaria
grub stage
bipinnaria stage
veliger stage
trochophore stage
zoea
nauplius
wriggler stage
planula
wriggler
metacestode
veliger
ammocoete
naiad, nymph stage
leptocephalus
nymph
nauplius stage

id

UBERON:0000069

taxon notes

It is a misunderstanding that the larval form always reflects the group's evolutionary history. It could be the case, but often the larval stage has evolved secondarily, as in insects. In these cases the larval form might differ more from the group's common origin than the adult form