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Crustaceans: Living toolboxes

Crustaceans are arthropods that have taken limb specialization to extremes! For almost any tool you can think of, there's a crustacean whose limbs do the same job. Click on a tool to learn about the crustacean whose limbs perform a similar job.

Click on a tool to learn about the crustacean whose limbs perform a similar job:


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As you've seen, crustaceans boast a virtual toolbox of specialized appendages. Different lineages have evolved an amazing variety of limbs that are adapted for specific functions. Even a single animal may have an impressive array of tools within its set of appendages.

Many limbs, many functions: a ventral view of crayfish limbs



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Barnacle photo provided by George Brooks © California Academy of Sciences, SFBAY:2K Project; Krill photo provided by Uwe Kils; Remipede image provided by Dr. Thomas M. Iliffe; Coconut crab image provided by L-Bit & Ian; Caprella image provided by Steve Gardner; Stomatopod image provided by Dr. Roy Caldwell

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