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Forfexicaris valida
Temporal range: Cambrian Stage 3
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Megacheira
Order: Pectocaridida
Family: Forfexicarididae
Hou, 1999
Genus: Forfexicaris
Hou, 1999
Species: F. valida
Binomial name
Forfexicaris valida
Hou, 1999 [1]

Forfexicaris valida is a species of Lower Cambrian arthropod, the only species in the family Forfexicarididae. It is known from only two specimens from the Maotianshan shale Lagerstätte.[2]


F. valida had a bivalved carapace, like that seen in ostracod crustaceans, which was 15 millimetres (0.59 in) long and 13 mm (0.51 in) high.[2] It had a pair of stalked eyes, and a pair of great appendages, which closely resemble those of Occacaris.


  1. ^ Hou Xian-Guang (1999). "New rare bivalved arthropods from the Lower Cambrian Chengjiang Fauna, Yunnan, China". Journal of Paleontology. 73 (1): 102–116. JSTOR 1306748. 
  2. ^ a b Hou Xian-Guang; Richard J. Aldridge; Jan Bergström; David L. Siveter; Derek J. Siveter; Feng Xiang-Hong (2004). "Genus Forfexicaris Hou, 1999". The Cambrian Fossils of Chengjiang, China: The Flowering of Early Animal Life. Blackwell. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-4051-0673-3.