Meaning of Ostracoda in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɒstrəˈkəʊdə/

plural noun

  • A class of minute aquatic crustaceans that have a hinged shell from which the antennae protrude, and a reduced number of appendages.

    ‘Hemoglobins have been described in a select number of crustacean groups, including the Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, Cirrepedia, and Decapoda.’
    • ‘Hemoglobin is present in Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, rhizocephalan Cirripedia and one suborder of amphipodan Malacostraca.’
    • ‘On the whole the maxillopodan groups Ostracoda and Cirripedia and the Malacostraca have left the most significant fossil records.’
    • ‘Crustaceans possessing many primitive features tend to have myogenic hearts, although neurogenicity is dominant in the more advanced malacostracan groups and possibly members of the Ostracoda.’
    • ‘The Ostracoda are one of the most successful crustacean groups with approximately 8000 living species.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek ostrakōdēs ‘testaceous’, from ostrakon ‘shell’.