branchial plate

branchial plate
(Class Ostracoda):
Enlarged, flattened modification of outer branch (exopod) of either mandible, maxillule, maxilla, or first thoracic limb. Bears long setae along margin and maintains water circulation within carapace. (Syn. vibratory plate, respiratory plate) [Stachowitsch, 1992].
(Class Ostracoda):
Flat setose epipod, used to circulate water through the domicilium. (Syn. vibratory plate) [Cohen, Peterson, and Maddocks, in press].

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