Mussel shrimps

Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Crustacea Class Maxillopoda Sublass Ostracoda Number of families 46

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Generally small crustaceans with reduced body entirely enclosed within an often-calcified bivalved carapace

Photo: Members of Herpetocypris reptans, like all ostracods, have bilaterally symmetrical bodies. (Photo by Hubert Kranemann/OKAPIA/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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