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Ostrcod valve from wikipedia.
Image of an ostracod valve. Taken from wikipedia.

Ostracoda are a class of the sub phylum Crustacea, (see table 1 below), which are a highly successful group of organisms.
They are microscopic organisms, which are best viewed under a microscope. 

A selection of different ostracods.
Photograph of a variety                                                             
of different ostracods.                                                                                   
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Sub-phylum Crustacea
Class Ostracoda
Table 1. Showing the scientific
classification of ostracoda. 

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