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Crustacea

n.

1814, Modern Latin neuter plural of crustaceus (animalia), literally "having a crust or shell," from Latin crusta "crust, rind, bark, hard shell" (see crust (n.)). Taken as a zoological classification by Lamarck, 1801; Cuvier (1798) had les insectes crustacées.

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  • Zooplankton within the phylum crustacea also have a carapace.
  • The exact relationships of the crustacea to other taxa are not yet entirely clear.

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