(brāng'kē-ə-pŏd') Any of various primitive aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and water flea. Branchiopods are characterized by flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.
any of the roughly 900 species of the class Branchiopoda (subphylum Crustacea). They are aquatic animals that include brine shrimp, fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, water fleas, and other small, chiefly freshwater forms
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