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Phylum Arthropoda

Subphylum Crustacea

Class Malacostraca

Order Bathynellacea

Number of families 2

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Small, worm-like, blind Crustacea with head, thorax, and abdomen. Thorax with seven pairs of walking legs and a reduced eighth one, which in the male is transformed for copulatory purposes. Abdomen with one pair of appendages on the last segment, one pair on the first, and very rarely also one pair on the second segment.

Illustration: Notobathynella williamsi. (Illustration by John Megahan)

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