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Decapoda

Syllabification: De·cap·o·da
Pronunciation: /diˈkapədə
 
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Zoology

Definition of Decapoda in English:

1An order of crustaceans that includes shrimps, crabs, and lobsters. They have five pairs of walking legs and are typically marine.
Example sentences
  • Potentially recent major gene order rearrangements have been documented within the crustacean order Decapoda, the gastropod superfamily Helicoidea, the parasitic flatworm genus Schistosoma, and the tick family Ixodidae.
  • Other aspects of the morphology of Palaeopemphix that separate it from the Decapoda include the bivalved nature of the carapace and the strong development of the lateromarginal carina, or doublure.
  • The Penaeidae fall within the order Decapoda (class Malacostraca), which contains most commercially important crustacean species.
2A former order of cephalopod mollusks that includes squids and cuttlefishes, having eight arms and two long tentacles. Compare with Octopoda.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from deca- 'ten' + Greek pous, pod- 'foot'.

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