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Water flea?

Observed: 31st October 2009 By: Iris003Iris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in Invertebrates
Water Flea 02
Water Flea 01
Description:

Less than 1mm.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Water flea? (Cyclops sp?)
    Confidence: It might be this.
    ID agreements (): 4 People
    • Jonathan
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Species interactions

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Comments

Jonathan's picture

Yes, I think its a cyclops.

Yes, I think its a cyclops. Fun things, aren't they? Those are eggs sacs hanging off the back end I think. They can remain dormant in dry conditions, only to hatch when a puddle forms.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

John Bratton's picture

Yes, it is a Cyclops in the

Yes, it is a Cyclops in the broad sense. What was once a huge genus has now been split down into Acanthocyclops etc.

I'm not sure about the Cyclops eggs being drought resistant. I thought the dormant stage was one of the early juvenile stages that encysts in the mud.

John Bratton

guernseyjoe's picture

the eggs can remain dormant

the eggs can remain dormant for up to 5 years is its home dries up