Definition of decapod in English:


Syllabification: dec·a·pod
Pronunciation: /ˈdekəˌpäd


  • A crustacean of the order Decapoda, such as a shrimp, crab, or lobster.
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    • A similar dispersal mechanism has been suggested as responsible for the faunal similarities in mollusks and decapods.
    • Limestones of the underlying carbonate ramp sediments are primarily packstones containing numerous foraminiferans but they do not contain decapod fossils.
    • It has long been known that the shrimps and lobsters are the most primitive of the decapods and, in fact, have the oldest fossil records.


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  • Relating to or denoting decapods.
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    • No preparation was necessary for the examination of the decapod fossils.
    • Detailed work on a series of isolated crustacean limb muscle preparations showed a consistent pattern of innervation among decapod crustaceans.
    • Relatively little work has been done recently on decapod faunas from the Middle East.

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