McLaughlin, Patsy A. Formerly, Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University, Anacortes, Washington.
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A recently described order of the crustacean superorder Peracarida. The order Mictacea was established for five small crustacean species, including Hirsutia bathyalis and Mictocaris halope (see illustration). These species share many features that are common to other peracaridans, but they differ sufficiently to justify their assignment to a distinct order with two families (Hirsutiidae and Mictocarididae). Common peracaridan features include a brood pouch formed by the basal lamellae of the pereopods (oöstegites) in the female, a small movable process (lacinia mobilis) on the mandible, free thoracic somites that are not fused to a carapace shield, a single maxilliped of typical peracarid form, and partially immobile pereopodal basal segments. See also: Crustacea; Peracarida
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