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Category: Invertebrates



This very large group of arthropods includes familiar animals such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters, crayfish, and barnacles. Like other arthropods, they have an exoskeleton which they must molt in order to grow. Crustaceans are distinct in their possession of two-parted (biramous) limbs and unique larval form. They are an important source of food for humans, with over 10 million tons being produced via farming and fishing every year. Most crustaceans are aquatic, though a few are adapted to a terrestrial lifestyle.



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda

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Interesting Animal Facts

The world’s first Animals

Invertebrates were the first animals to evolve. While their soft bodies left precious few records behind, there are fossils of sponge-like animals that are 665 million years old, as well as traces of tracks and burros from worm-like animals going back 1 billion years. By comparison, the earliest birds appeared only 150 million years ago! And not only were invertebrates first, they are the most plentiful of animals - it is estimated that 97% of all animals living on the Earth today are invertebrates, with several groups containing more species than all vertebrates combined!

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