The importance of gastrotrichs remains undetermined. As bacteriovores and detritrovores, gastrotrichs may contribute to the aesthetics of coastal beaches by consuming washed-up debris, preventing its decay and associated odor. The study of gastrotrichs also may be used to augment our knowledge of animal origins, evolution, and relationships. Lepidodermella squamata is a commercially available freshwater gastrotrich.
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