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malacostracan

Line breaks: mala|cos¦tra¦can
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈkɒstrək(ə)n
 
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Zoology

Definition of malacostracan in English:

noun

A crustacean of the large class Malacostraca, such as a crab, shrimp, or lobster.
Example sentences
  • Malacostracans exhibit the hard, calcified exoskeleton typical of crustaceans.
  • Malacostracans play such an important role in aquatic ecosystems that their conservation is an important issue.
  • Shifts between aquatic and terrestrial habitats were likely promoted by the availability of malacostracans in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

adjective

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Relating to or denoting malacostracans.
Example sentences
  • In a study of 47 species of malacostracan arthropods, Becker found that most of the taxa were not heavily fouled.
  • Classical eyestalk ablation experiments have demonstrated that malacostracan reproduction is under sinus gland control.
  • Therefore, the homology of entomostracan and malacostracan neuronal stem cells remains uncertain.

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