Thirty specimens of Opabinia are known and each ranges in size from 40- 70 mm. The most intriguing feature of Opabinia are
its five eyes found on the dorsal surface of the head. These eyes were used to search for food. Because of it's flexible body it is not known whether Opabinia was pelagic or benthic.
Wiwaxia somewhat resembles a very small porcupine (about 30 mm in diameter) with its quills pulled out. The body is covered by both spines and scales. The spines are believed to have been used for defence purposes. Wiwaxia probably grazed or scavenged by walking or crawling along the sediment. One hundred and forty specimens are known from the Burgess Shale. Similar scales and spines have turned up in similarly aged sediments from elsewhere around the world suggesting that Wiwaxia was widespread during the Cambrian.
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