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Temporal range: Upper Cambrian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
(unranked): Copepodoida
Order: Skaracarida
Müller & Walossek, 1985 [1]
Genus: Skara
Müller, 1983

Skara is a genus of maxillopod crustacean known from the Upper Cambrian Orsten deposit of Sweden and similarly aged deposits in China.[2] It is the only genus in the order Skaracarida, and contains three species:[3]

  • Skara anulata Müller, 1983
  • Skara minuta Müller & Walossek, 1985
  • Skara huanensis Liu & Dong, 2007

The feeding system of Skara resembles those of copepods and Derocheilocaris, and the three taxa are accordingly grouped together as the clade Copepodoida.[4] Skara is likely to have scraped or brushed the substrate to release food.[5]


  1. ^ K. J. Müller & D. Walossek (1985). "Skaracarida, a new order of Crustacea from the Upper Cambrian of Västergötland, Sweden" (PDF). Fossils and Strata. 17: 1–65. 
  2. ^ Liu Jie & Dong Xiping (2007). "Skara hunanensis a new species of Skaracarida (Crustacea) from Upper Cambrian (Furongian) of Human, south China". Progress in Natural Science. 17 (8): 934–942. doi:10.1080/10002007088537494. 
  3. ^ "Skaracarida Müller & Walossek, 1985". Centre of 'Orsten' Research and Exploration. February 25, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Joachim T. Haug, Jørgen Olesen, Andreas Maas & Dieter Waloszek (2011). "External morphology and post-embryonic development of Derocheilocaris remanei (Mystacocarida) revisited, with a comparison to the Cambrian taxon Skara". Journal of Crustacean Biology. 31 (4): 668–692. doi:10.1651/11-3481.1. 
  5. ^ Mats E. Eriksson, Fredrik Terfelt, Rolf Elofsson & Federica Marone (2012). "Internal soft-tissue anatomy of Cambrian 'Orsten' arthropods as revealed by synchrotron X-ray tomographic microscopy". PLoS ONE. 7 (8): e42582. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042582. PMC 3411623Freely accessible. PMID 22870334.