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Tantulocarida

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Tantulocarida
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Subphylum:Crustacea
Class:Maxillopoda
Subclass:Tantulocarida

Boxshall & Lincoln, 1983

Families
Basipodellidae
Deoterthridae
Doryphallophoridae
Microdajidae
Onceroxenidae

Tantulocarida is a small subclass of the class Maxillopoda (ostracods, copepods, barnacles) that consists of about 1200 species. They are typically ectoparasites that infest deep-sea copepods, isopods, tanaids, and ostracods.

Members of this subclass are minute - less than 0.01 inch (0.3 mm) in length - and have a dramatic reduction in body form compared to other crustaceans, with an unsegmented sac-like thorax and a much reduced abdomen.

Tantulocarida comprises five families (not all species are listed!):

Basipodellidae
Basipodella atlantica
Stygotantulus stocki (the world's smallest crustacean)
Deoterthridae
Amphitantulus harpinacheres
Boreotantulus kunzi
Cumoniscus kruppi
Deoterthron aselloticola
Dicrotrichura tricincta
Tantulacus hoegi
Doryphallophoridae
Doryphallophora harrisoni
Microdajidae
Microdajus gaelicus
Microdajus langi
Microdajus pectinatus
Onceroxenidae
Onceroxenus birdi
Onceroxenus curtus


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