One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crustacean of the large class Malacostraca, such as a crab, shrimp, or lobster.
- ‘Malacostracans play such an important role in aquatic ecosystems that their conservation is an important issue.’
- ‘Both the fishing and farming of malacostracans can be environmentally damaging.’
- ‘Malacostracans exhibit the hard, calcified exoskeleton typical of crustaceans.’
- ‘The mouth of malacostracans leads to a two-chambered stomach, which possesses a grinding structure called the gastric mill.’
- ‘Shifts between aquatic and terrestrial habitats were likely promoted by the availability of malacostracans in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats.’
Relating to or denoting malacostracans.
- ‘In a study of 47 species of malacostracan arthropods, Becker found that most of the taxa were not heavily fouled.’
- ‘Classical eyestalk ablation experiments have demonstrated that malacostracan reproduction is under sinus gland control.’
- ‘Neuroblasts in many malacostracan crustaceans arise and behave differently from their counterparts in Drosophila.’
- ‘Several malacostracan species are important in aquaculture and food industries.’
- ‘Therefore, the homology of entomostracan and malacostracan neuronal stem cells remains uncertain.’
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