spiny-headed worm

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Related to spiny-headed worm: phylum Acanthocephala
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Synonyms for spiny-headed worm

any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines

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Current holdings include more than 20 million catalogued specimens representing nematodes, tapeworms, flukes, spiny-headed worms, and some parasitic arthropods, such as fleas, ticks, and lice.
Tufts veterinary students discovered the ducks were infected with intestinal parasites known as acanthocephalans ("spiny-headed worms").