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Horseshoe Shrimps

Cephalocarida

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Cephalocarida (Horseshoe Shrimps) is a class of arthropods. There are 12 species of Horseshoe Shrimps, in 5 genera and 1 family. This class has been around since the drumian age. They are detritivores. They rely on drag powered swimming to move around.

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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/drag_based_swimming
  • Definition: Drag swimmers use a cyclic motion where they push water back in a power stroke, and return their limb forward in the return or recovery stroke. When they push water directly backwards, this moves their body forward, but as they return their limbs to the starting position, they push water forward, which will thus pull them back to some degree, and so opposes the direction that the body is heading. This opposing force is called drag. The return-stroke drag causes drag swimmers to employ different strategies than lift swimmers. Reducing drag on the return stroke is essential for optimizing efficiency.
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Horseshoe Shrimp Habitats

The environments in which many horseshoe shrimps species are known to live. Select an environment to see its horseshoe shrimps species checklist.

horseshoe shrimps Habitats

The environments in which many horseshoe shrimps species are known to live. Select an environment to see its horseshoe shrimps species checklist.

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