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Crustacea

(Class)

Overview

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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.

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Taxonomy

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The Class Crustacea is a member of the Phylum Arthropoda. Here is the complete "parentage" of Crustacea:

The Class Crustacea is further organized into finer groupings including:

Families

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Acantiophoridae

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Anomalifrontidae

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Bathylasmidae

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Candoniidae

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Choniostomatidae

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Copepoda

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Cymopoliidae

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Halocypridae

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Incerta

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Linderiellidae

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]

Nanaspidae

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Nesideidae

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Orchestiidae

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Ostracoda

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Psammaspidae

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Rhizocephala

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Rhizocephalidae

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Uncertain

More info about the Family Uncertain may be found here.

Sources

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Last Revised: August 25, 2014
2014/08/25 13:08:11