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Mystacocarids: Mystacocarida

Mystacocarids And People

Mystacocarids are of interest to scientists who want to learn more about how crustaceans live and reproduce.


The very first mystacocarids were described in 1943 from specimens collected in the sands of beaches along the coasts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. They were so different from other crustaceans that they had to be placed in a new order, the Mystacocarida. The name of the order is taken from the Greek words mystakos, meaning moustache, and karis, or shrimp. This refers to the long, moustachelike bristles found on the mouthparts.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related SpeciesMystacocarids: Mystacocarida - Physical Characteristics, Mystacocarids And People, No Common Name (derocheilocaris Typicus): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, CONSERVATION STATUS