McLaughlin, Patsy A. Formerly, Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University, Anacortes, Washington.
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An order of the Eucarida comprising a single species, Amphionides reynaudii. Because of the similarity of its early larval stages to those found among the caridean shrimps, Amphionides reynaudii (see illustration) was classified for more than a century as an aberrant member of the Caridea, instead of as the sole species of the order Amphionidacea. However, the fact that the pleuron of the second abdominal somite never overlaps that of the first in any stage immediately distinguishes this species from all true Caridea. See also: Crustacea; Decapoda; Eucarida
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