The Order Decapoda includes all the typical
and well known crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters and shrimps.
They display the typical crustacean body plan, with a well developed
carapace and compound eyes elevated on stalks. They show great
diversity in their limb morphology, possessing all sorts of strange
appendages, most notably claws in the crabs, lobsters and crayfish.
Decapods inhabit every marine habitat at every depth and some spend
much of their life on land. Their feeding strategies are as diverse
as their habitats, and include
filter feeding, scavenging, and predation. Below are some
of some of the huge range of decapods.
- A Shoal of shrimp
- B Golden Crab. Copyright Gerald and Buff Corsi -
California Academy of Science.
- C Deep water squat lobster. Copyright Gerald and
Buff Corsi - California Academy of Science
- D Fresh water crayfish. Copyright George W. Robinson
- California Academy of Science.
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