Crustacea, the Higher Taxa

J.K. Lowry


Tantulocarida (Maxillipoda)

Description. Head. eyes absent; eyes naupliar eyes absent. Antennules (antenna 1) absent; peduncle and flagellum indistinguishable. Antennae (antenna 2) reduced, vestigial or absent. Mandible absent. Maxillipeds, absent. Thorax. Carapace absent. Thorax and abdomen differentiated. Peraeopods (legs) 6 pairs; biramous (thoracopod 6 uniramous); non-phyllopodous; undifferentiated (simple). Abdomen with 6 somites. Epimera absent. Pleopods absent. Uropods 1 pair, positioned terminally or subterminally; rami absent; vestigial. Telson absent.

Habitat. Parasitic.

Remarks. This describes a juvenile. The adult cannot be described until the variant mode is implemented.

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/.