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Class Ostracoda - Ostracods

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans)
Class Ostracoda (Ostracods)
Other Common Names
Seed shrimp
Explanation of Names
Ostracoda Latreille, 1802
Size
Usually under 3 mm.
Identification
The bivalved carapace gives an ostracod the appearance of a tiny clam with legs.
Habitat
Aquatic habitats such as vernal pools.
Remarks
The drought-resistant eggs can remain viable after passing through the intestines of birds, which allows them to colonize new sites.
Print References
(1)
A few references listed here.
Internet References
North American Non-Marine Ostracode Database Project Distribution, images, and habitat info
Missouri State Images, identification info, etc.
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools
Leo P. Kenney and Matthew R. Burne. 2000. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program and Vernal Pool Association.