Definition of Branchiopoda in US English:


plural noun

  • A class of small aquatic crustaceans that includes water fleas and fairy shrimps, which are distinguished by having gills on their feet.

    • ‘Hemoglobin is present in Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, rhizocephalan Cirripedia and one suborder of amphipodan Malacostraca, while hemocyanin has been described in Malacostraca.’
    • ‘Hemoglobins have been described in a select number of crustacean groups, including the Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, Cirrepedia, and Decapoda.’
    • ‘Again, differential regulation of expression of hemoglobin subunits is occurring in the Branchiopoda.’
    • ‘Eulimnadia texana is a freshwater clam shrimp in the crustacean subclass Branchiopoda and the order Spinicaudata.’
    • ‘Appendages with all of these outgrowths are called phyllopodus appendages and are found in several of the more ancient or primitive crustacean groups such as the Phyllocarida, Branchiopoda, and Cephalocarida.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek brankhia ‘gills’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.