(In crustaceans) an appendage modified for feeding, situated in pairs behind the maxillae.
- From left to right appendages are: antennule, antenna, mandible, first and second maxillae, first through fifth maxillipeds, 3 walking legs, 5 pleopods with pinkish gills, and uropod.
- The anterior one to three thoracic appendages are modified into maxillipeds, which are used in feeding.
- Only a few parts of the carapace produce the polarization, mainly the antennal scales, maxillipeds, and uropod scales.
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