One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A branchiopod crustacean.
- ‘Classified as phyllopods due to the leaf-like appearance of their legs, fairy shrimps ‘bloom’ in mineral-rich temporary ponds, reaching ridiculously dense concentrations.’
- ‘The phyllopod bed is therefore exceptional for possessing both typical fossil bearing characteristics and unusual soft tissue preservation.’
- ‘Nonmarine occurrences of Rusophycus-like bilobed resting traces, widely recorded from Devonian to Permian subaqueous deposits, were probably produced by notostracan or phyllopod crustaceans.’
From modern Latin Phyllopoda (former class name), from Greek phullon ‘leaf’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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