Cardiodictyon is a genus of lobopodian known from the Chengjiang Lagerstätten. It has ~25 pairs of legs, each associated with a pair of dorsal plates.

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
(unranked): Panarthropoda
Phylum: "Lobopodia"
Class: Xenusia
Order: Archonychophora
Family: Cardiodictyidae
Genus: Cardiodictyon

Each leg terminates in a pair of claws.[1] It may or may not have a head shield.[2]


  1. ^ Ramsköld, L., & Chen, J.-Y. (1998). Cambrian Lobopodians: Morphology and Phylogeny. In Arthropod fossils and phylogeny (pp. 107–150). New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231096546
  2. ^ Bergstrom, J.; Hou, X. (2001). "Cambrian Onychophora or Xenusians". Zoologischer Anzeiger. 240 (3–4): 237–245. doi:10.1078/0044-5231-00031.