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Contact: Kristin Friedrich
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Remipede, A Close Relative to Insects

Caption: This animal, Speleonectes tulumensis, is from a group of rare, blind, cave-dwelling crustaceans called "remipedes." The new analysis in Nature shows that the remipedes are the crustaceans most closely related to the insects. Remipedes and insects together are now shown to be a sister group to all the other crustacea including the crabs, shrimps, and lobsters.

Credit: Simon Richards

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