Cyzicidae

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Cyzicidae
California Clam Shrimp (Cyzicus californicus).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Spinicaudata
Family: Cyzicidae
Stebbing, 1910

Cyzicidae is a family of crustaceans in the order Spinicaudata.[1] They are distinguished from the family Leptestheriidae by the absence of a rostral spine.[2] Some members of Cyzicidae are known to burrow through mud, leading to speculation that they may be filter feeders, but Martin reports that their mouthparts are indistinguishable from Leptestheriidae, which are believed to be grazers.[1]

The family contains four extant genera:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Martin, Joel W (1989). "Morphology of feeding structures in the Conchostraca with special reference to Lynceus". In Bruce E. Felgenhauer, Les Watling, Anne B. Thistle. Functional morphology of feeding and grooming in Crustacea. CRC Press. pp. 123–136. ISBN 9789061917779. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Likens, Gene E. (2009). "Spinicaudata". Encyclopedia of Inland Waters 1. Academic Press. ISBN 9780123706263. Retrieved 3 April 2013.