from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various minute, chiefly freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Ostracoda, having a bivalve carapace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many small crustaceans, of the class Ostracoda, that resemble shrimps enclosed in a bivalve shell

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member of the Ostracoda, an order of tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimplike body enclosed in a bivalve shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ostracode.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimp-like body enclosed in a bivalve shell


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Ostracōda, subclass name, from Greek ostrakōdēs, testaceous, from ostrakon, shell; see ost- in Indo-European roots.


  • Lü et al. (2004) originally named this taxon Nemegtia, but that turned out to be preoccupied by an ostracod from the Nemegt Formation (shades of 'Ingenia').

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Steve's microfossil search achieved success: he found a fossil ostracod!

    MDRS-88 sol 6: Life on Mars

  • The first act began in Japan fifty years ago, when Osamu Shimomura studied the self-luminous small crustacean ostracod Cypridina.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008 - Presentation Speech

  • I bet a boy ostracod enjoys his "special long leg."

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Very few ostracod species incubate their eggs within their body; most lay their eggs either singly or in groups on sediment or aquatic vegetation.


  • This implies that the conclusions of previous studies that sexed fossil ostracod carapaces from their morphology for example, Martens et al., 2003 may have been flawed.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Interestingly, only 3 males, in contrast to more than 600 females, of the new ostracod species were collected.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • A paper by Smith et al.1 that came out in June 2006, and which I just had a chance to read, however, reported the finding of males in a new species of darwinuloid ostracod, Vestalenula cornelia, from Japan.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • SNAIL'S TALES: An occasional male ostracod skip to main

    An occasional male ostracod

  • The authors also mention an ostracod and an ant that can survive exposure to temperatures close to 50ºC.

    Archive 2006-04-01


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