Ostracoda

Definition of Ostracoda

Os`trac´o`da
prop. n. p1.(Zool.) An order of Entomostraca possessing shrimplike bodies enclosed in hard bivalve shells; called also seed shrimp and mussel shrimp. They were formerly referred to as Ostracoidea. They are of small size, and swim freely about; many are less than 1 mm in length. Microfossils of certain extinct orders have been found extending back to the Cambrian age.

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class, class Crustacea, Crustacea, mussel shrimp, ostracod, seed shrimp, subclass Ostracoda
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