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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.