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A Crustaceanoid is a creature that exhibits characteristics similar to Terran crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, and barnacles.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

A crustaceanoid creature is distinguished by a number of characteristics:

  • Segmented bodies consisting of two or more parts: typically a head section containing a mouth and the sensory organs and a body containing the major internal organs.
  • An exoskeleton or a hard, shell-like covering on the outside of the body.
  • Three or more pairs of jointed appendages referred to as legs. These are typically used for swimming or walking.
  • Antennae, typically mounting sensory organs.

Similar Forms[edit]

Crustaceanoids are considered to be a relatively esoteric subclassification of Insectoid: the term is primarily used by biologists to specifically identify a creature type.

Specific Species Examples[edit]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Most biologists agree that a creature should exhibit at least three of the characteristics associated with crustaceanoids to qualify as a crustaceanoid, though others set the limit at two. The term is necessarily generic.

It is relatively common for a creature to meet sufficient criteria to qualify as more than one classification of animal.

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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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