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Hoplocarida

(Subclass)

Overview

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A taxonomic subclass.

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Taxonomy

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The Subclass Hoplocarida is a member of the Class Malacostraca. Here is the complete "parentage" of Hoplocarida:

The Subclass Hoplocarida is further organized into finer groupings including:

Orders

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Stomatopoda

Mantis shrimp or stomatopods are marine crustaceans, the members of the order Stomatopoda. They are neither shrimp nor mantids, but receive their name purely from the physical resemblance to both the terrestrial praying mantis and the shrimp. They may reach 30 centimetres (12 in) in length, although exceptional cases of up to 38 cm (15 in) have been recorded. The carapace of mantis shrimp covers only the rear part of the head and the first four segments of the thorax. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colors, from shades of browns to bright neon colors. Although they are common animals and among the most important predators in many shallow, tropical and sub-tropical marine habitats they are poorly understood as many species spend most of their life tucked away in burrows and holes. [more]

At least 329 species and subspecies belong to the Order Stomatopoda.

More info about the Order Stomatopoda may be found here.

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Last Revised: October 03, 2013
2013/10/03 16:10:47