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Cladocera

POND LIFE

CLADOCERA

Daphnia Magna
Daphnia are small, planktonic crustaceans, between 0.2 and 5 mm in length. Daphnia are members of the order lt Cladocera, and are one of the several small aquatic crustaceans commonly called water fleas because of their lt saltatory swimming style. They live in various aquatic environments ranging from acidic swamps to freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.
Daphnia magna is quite big, up to 0,5 cm and round shaped.


Daphnia Mini
This daphnia is extremely small, just around 1 mm.

Moina
Moina are small crustacean, from 0,5 to 1 mm and are very similar to daphnia. They swim extrmely fast and restelessy, therefore it is extemely difficult to take macro pictures. Unlike daphnia they usually swimm close to the surface.

Eurycercus Lamellatus

Simocephalus
Simocephalus sp. are large, 3-4 mm in length, round animals that are covered in a bivalve carapace. The head, which contains a single compound eye, is not covered by this carapace but instead is surrounded by a hood. They swim iwithout hopping, but smootly unlike daphnia but mostly they rest on objects underwater (on the glass walls in acquarium).

A very unique red simocephalus, quite big, up to 4 mm.

A very strange and big simocephalus. White and not transparent. Up to 5/6 mm.

Chyrosus Globosus
Extremly small round crustacea, less than 1 mm. Swims very fast in the upper column. Feeds on alga.

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