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A myodocopid ostracod from southern Australia
A myodocopid ostracod from southern Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Ostracoda
Subclass: Myodocopa
Order: Myodocopida
Sars, 1866 [1]

The Myodocopida is one of the two orders within the Myodocopa, in turn a subclass of the Ostracoda. The Myodocopida are distinguished by a worm-like seventh limb, and, usually, a rostrum above an incisure (notch) from which the antennae can protrude.[3] Unlike other ostracods, many species of the Myodocopida have lateral compound eyes [4] Over the last thirty years there has been much research into the morphology, behaviour and distribution of myodocopids. More recently, DNA sequences have been used to investigate the phylogeny of various groups.


  1. ^ "Myodocopida Sars, 1866". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Brandão, S. N.; Angel, M. V.; Karanovic, I.; Perrier, V. & Meidla, T. (2018). World Ostracoda Database. Myodocopida. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2018-09-11
  3. ^ Louis S. Kornicker (1993). Antarctic and Subantarctic Myodocopina (Ostracoda). Koeltz Scientific Books. ISBN 978-1-878762-46-7.
  4. ^ Louis S. Kornicker (1975). "Antarctic Ostracoda (Myodocopina)" (PDF). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 163 (163): 1–720. doi:10.5479/si.00810282.163.

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