A class of arthropods, mainly aquatic gill-breathing animals such as crabs, lobsters and shrimps, usually having two pairs antennae and often a hard carapace or shell.
two body regions; two pairs of antennae; 5 or more pairs of legs; primarily aquatic, few terrestrial.
Classes include crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles, isopods etc. 44,000 described world species.
The Class Crustacea is a member of the Phylum Arthropoda. Here is the complete "parentage" of Crustacea:
- Domain: Eukaryota
Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
- Kingdom: Animalia
Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
- Subkingdom: Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Kingdom: Animalia Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
The Class Crustacea is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Family (18): Acantiophoridae · Anomalifrontidae · Bathylasmidae · Candoniidae · Choniostomatidae · Copepoda · Cymopoliidae · Halocypridae · Incerta · Linderiellidae · Nanaspidae · Nesideidae · Orchestiidae · Ostracoda · Psammaspidae · Rhizocephala · Rhizocephalidae · Uncertain
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 1,395 species and subspecies in the Class Crustacea.
Linderiella is a genus of fairy shrimp, previously placed in its own family, Linderiellidae, but now usually considered part of the Chirocephalidae. It comprises five species ? Linderiella occidentalis and L. santarosae from California, L. africana from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, L. massaliensis from southeastern France and L. baetica from southern Spain. [more]
More info about the Family Uncertain may be found here.
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