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.



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