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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
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] Its mouth resembles those of anomalocaridids and priapulids.[3][4]


  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; 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. 
  3. ^ Vannier, Jean; Liu, Jianni; Lerosey-Aubril, Rudy; Vinther, Jakob; Daley, Allison C (2014). "Sophisticated digestive systems in early arthropods". Nature Communications. 5: 3641. Bibcode:2014NatCo...5E3641V. doi:10.1038/ncomms4641. PMID 24785191. 
  4. ^ Smith; Caron (2015). "Hallucigenia's head and the pharyngeal armature of early ecdysozoans". Nature. 523 (7558): 75. Bibcode:2015Natur.523...75S. doi:10.1038/nature14573. PMID 26106857.