Cephalocarida facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCephalocarida
Description and anatomy
The structural and functional similarity between the maxillae and the legs may be a sign of primitive organization; the maxillae are not specialized, as they are in other crustaceans.
The thorax consists of 10 segments, and the abdomen bears a telson but no other appendages.
Cephalocaridans are found from the intertidal zone down to a depth of 1500 metres, in all kinds of sediments. They feed on marine detritus. To bring in food particles, they make water currents with the thoracic appendages like the branchiopods and the malacostracans. Food particles are passed forward along a ventral groove, leading to the mouthparts.
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