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Remipedes: Remipedia

Remipedes And People

Remipedes do not have any immediate impact on humans or their activities.


Remipedes have puzzled scientists since their discovery in a cave in the Bahama Islands in 1980. Their wormlike bodies and other features are considered primitive and similar to those of the ancestors of all crustaceans. Yet their internal and venom-injecting mouthparts and trunk limbs directed sideways from the body are recognized as unique features among crustaceans. They swim about on their backs in caves by rhythmically beating these paddlelike limbs.

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