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Jianshanopodia decora
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
(unranked): Panarthropoda
Stem group: Onychophora
Genus: Jianshanopodia
Species: † J. decora
Binomial name
Jianshanopodia decora
Liu et al., 2006

Jianshanopodia decora is a Cambrian lobopod. Its frontal, grasping[1] appendages bear wedge-shaped plates. Its limbs branch,[2] instead of being tipped with claws as many lobopods' are.[1] It has a sediment-filled gut surrounded by serially repeated diverticulae.[1][2] It is thought to have sucked up prey with its short 'trunk'.[1] It mainly crawled on the sea floor, but could swim when necessary.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Liu, J.; Shu, D.; Han, J.; Zhang, Z.; Zhang, X. (2008). "Origin, diversification, and relationships of Cambrian lobopods". Gondwana Research 14: 277–283. doi:10.1016/j.gr.2007.10.001. 
  2. ^ a b Jianni Liu, Degan Shu, Jian Han, Zhifei Zhang, and Xingliang Zhang (2006). "A large xenusiid lobopod with complex appendages from the Lower Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstätte". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 51 (2): 215–222. Retrieved 2015-03-13.