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Cephalocarida

(Class)

Overview

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A Class in the Kingdom Animalia.

Taxonomy

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The Class Cephalocarida is further organized into finer groupings including:

Orders

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Brachypoda

Cephalocarida is a class inside the subphylum Crustacea that comprises only twelve shrimp-like benthic species. They were discovered in 1955 by , and are commonly referred to as horseshoe shrimps. They have been grouped together with the Remipedia in the Xenocarida. Although a second family, Lightiellidae, is sometimes used, all cephalocaridans are generally considered to belong in just one family: Hutchinsoniellidae. Even though there is no fossil record of cephalocaridans, most specialists believe them to be primitive among crustaceans. [more]

At least 5 species and subspecies belong to the Order Brachypoda.

More info about the Order Brachypoda may be found here.

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Last Revised: October 03, 2013
2013/10/03 15:59:57