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Chirocephalus diaphanus Baird.jpg
Chirocephalus diaphanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Anostraca
Family: Chirocephalidae
Daday de Dées, 1910 [1]
Synonyms [1]
  • Linderiellidae Brtek, 1964
  • Polyartemiidae Simon, 1886

Chirocephalidae is a family of fairy shrimp, characterised by a reduced or vestigial maxilla, more than two setae on the fifth endite, divided pre-epipodites and widely separated seminal vesicles.[2] It consists of the following eight genera, including the genera formerly placed in the families Linderiellidae and Polyartemiidae:[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Chirocephalidae Daday de Dées, 1910". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Miguel Alonso (1996). "Anostraca". Crustacea, Branchiopoda. Fauna Ibérica (in Spanish). 7. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. pp. 17–66. ISBN 978-84-00-07571-2. 
  3. ^ Peter H. H. Weekers; Gopal Murugan; Jacques R. Vanfleteren; Denton Belk; Henri J. Dumont (2002). "Phylogenetic analysis of anostracans (Branchiopoda: Anostraca) inferred from nuclear 18S ribosomal DNA (18S rDNA) sequences" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 25 (3): 535–544. PMID 12450757. doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(02)00289-0.