Anaspididae

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Anaspididae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Superorder: Syncarida
Order: Anaspidacea
Family: Anaspididae
Thomson, 1893
Genera
  • Allanaspides Swain, Wilson, Hickman & Ong, 1970
  • Anaspides Thomson, 1894
  • Paranaspides Smith, 1908

Anaspididae is a family of freshwater crustacean that is endemic to Tasmania, Australia.[1] The family contains 3 genera and 5 species. This group of crustaceans are considered living fossils.[1] They are commonly and collectively known as the Tasmanian anaspid crustaceans. Anaspidids have stalked eyes, long antennae and antennules, and a slender body with no carapace. The two species of Allanaspides[2][3] and the single species of Paranaspides[4] are all listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Taxonomy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b J. K. Lowry & M. Yerman (October 2, 2002). "Anaspidacea: Families". Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Inland Water Crustacean Specialist Group (1996). "Allanaspides hickmani". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Inland Water Crustacean Specialist Group (1996). "Allanaspides helonomus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Inland Water Crustacean Specialist Group (1996). "Paranaspides lacustris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved April 15, 2010.