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Alona rustica
Alona rustica
Alona rustica Alona rustica
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Branchiopoda
Suborder Cladocera
Family Chydoridae
Ecology and Behavior
  • Postabdominal claw with one basal spine
  • Anal groove of postabdomen completely edged by groups of spinules
  • The middle setae of the lateral fascicles are the longest in the group
  • Three median head pores, with middle pore being closer to posterior pore; lateral pores appear as transversely elongate slits
  • Shell color amber to weakly yellow
  • Rostrum moderate in length, antenullar setae extend past tip of rostrum
Similar Species
  • Alona bicolor forms a compact species group with Alona costata and Alona rustica, and is commonly found with either one or both of the other two species (1).
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Alona rustica        

(1) FREY, D.G. 1965. Differentiation of Alona costata Sars from two related species (Cladocera, Chydoridae). Crustaceana. 8: 159-173.