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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Spinicaudata
Family: Leptestheriidae
Daday, 1923

Leptestheriidae is a family of crustaceans in the order Spinicaudata.[1] They are distinguished from the family Cyzicidae by the presence of a rostral spine.[2] Members of Leptestheriidae are believed to graze on detritus.[1]

The family contains five extant genera:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Martin, Joel W (1989). "Morphology of feeding structures in the Conchostraca with special reference to Lynceus". In Bruce E. Felgenhauer, Les Watling, Anne B. Thistle. Functional morphology of feeding and grooming in Crustacea. CRC Press. pp. 123–136. ISBN 9789061917779. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Likens, Gene E. (2009). "Spinicaudata". Encyclopedia of Inland Waters 1. Academic Press. ISBN 9780123706263. Retrieved 3 April 2013.