Bennelongia

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Bennelongia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Ostracoda
Order: Podocopida
Family: Cyprididae
Genus: Bennelongia
De Deckker & McKenzie, 1981

Bennelongia is a genus of ostracod crustaceans in the family Cyprididae. It is probably endemic to Australia and New Zealand,[1] and is predicted to be highly diverse. The genus was described in 1981 and named after Woollarawarre Bennelong, the first aboriginal to have a long association with the early European settlers of Australia.[2] Prior to 2012, six species were described in Australia. There are currently 15 species of Bennelongia.[1][3] Bennelongia may be the last true descendent genus of the Mesozoic (and now extinct) lineage of Cypridea, which was a dominant lineage of ostracod in non-marine waters in the Cretaceous.[4]

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