Crustacea, the Higher Taxa

J.K. Lowry


Rhizocephala (Maxillipoda)

Description. Head. Rostrum absent; eyes absent (in adult); eyes ocular scale absent; eyes naupliar eyes present, or naupliar eyes absent (only in nauplius stage). Antennules (antenna 1) absent (in adult); peduncle and flagellum indistinguishable. Antennae (antenna 2) reduced, vestigial or absent. Mandible absent. Maxillipeds, absent. Thorax. Carapace absent. Thorax and abdomen undifferentiated, with 0 pairs of appendages. Uropods vestigial or absent. Telson absent.

Habitat. Endo and ectoparasites of crustaceans.

Distribution. Worldwide.

Cite this publication as: Lowry, J.K. (1999 onwards). 'Crustacea, the Higher Taxa: Description, Identification, and Information Retrieval.' Version: 2 October 1999. http://crustacea.net/.