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Tantulocaridans: Tantulocarida

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, No Common Name (itoitantulus Misophricola): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, TANTULOCARIDANS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

NO COMMON NAME (Itoitantulus misophricola): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Very little is know about the distribution of these animals because of their small size. They are currently known to live in the North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, Arctic, and Antarctic oceans.


Tantulocaridans spend most of their lives attached to other marine crustaceans living on the ocean floor. Their hosts include cumaceans, tanaids, isopods, amphipods, copepods, and ostracods. Some larval stages are also found in mud or sand on the ocean bottom.


Tantulocaridans are external parasites and feed on the body fluids of their hosts.


Tantulocaridans do not impact people or their activities.


No tantulocaridans are considered threatened or endangered.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related Species