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1. (Science: zoology) The order of crustacea which includes the shrimps, lobsters, crabs, etc.

They have a carapace, covering and uniting the somites of the head and thorax and inclosing a gill chamber on each side, and usually have five (rarely six) pairs of legs. They are divided into two principal groups: Brachyura and Macrura. Some writers recognize a third (Anomura) intermediate between the others.

2. (Science: zoology) a division of the dibranchiate cephalopods including the cuttlefishes and squids. See Decacera.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Ten _, foot.

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Shrimp and Prawn?

... we divide organisms up into "family", then "genus" and "species". Prawns and shrimp are very closely related - belonging to the same order (Decapoda). Both can occur in marine, estuarine and freshwater environments, depending in the species in question. What are prawns? They are small 'crustaceans' ...

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by Ange
Sat May 21, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Shrimp and Prawn?
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classification help

... chordata, class lissamphibia, order caudata, family salamandridae Lobster: Phylum Arthropoda, subphylum crustacea, class malacostraca, order decapoda, suborder pleocyemata, infaorder astacidea, family nephropidae coral: phylum cnidaria, class anthozoa frog: phylum chordata, class amphibia, ...

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by abstemious_entity
Thu May 05, 2005 4:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: classification help
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