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Leptodiaptomus minutus
Leptodiaptomus minutus
Leptodiaptomus minutus Leptodiaptomus minutus
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Maxillopoda
Subclass Copepoda
Order Calanoida
Family Diaptomidae
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Each caudal ramus with five setae
  • Third segment from the end of the right antenna has a slender process, which is usually strait, blunt and longer than the second segment from the end.
  • Right fifth endopod rudimentary
  • Lateral spine on right expod minute
  • Antenna reaching beyond the distal end of the caudal rami
  • Specimen approximately 1 mm long
Additional Notes

  • Other sources:
    • Hairston, N.G. and R.A. VanBrunt. 1994. Diapause dynamics of two diaptomid copepod species in a large lake. Hydrobiologia. 292-293: 209-218.
    • Sillett, K.B. and R.S. Stemberger. 1998. Masculinized females in a population of Leptodiaptomus minutus (Copepoda, Calanoida). Canadian Journal of Zool. 76: 596-600.
    • Swadling, K.M., J.A. Gibson, R. Pienitz, and W.F. Vincent. 2001. Biogeography of copepods in lakes and ponds of subarctic Quebec, Canada. Hydrobiologia. 453-454: 341-350.
    • Williamson, C.E., G. Grad, H.J. DeLange, S. Gilroy, D.L. Karapelou. 2002. Temperature-dependent ultraviolet responses in zooplankton: Implications of climate change. Limnol. Oceano. 47: 1844-1848.
    • Chen, C.Y. and C.L. Folt. 1993. Measures of food quality as demographic predictors in freshwater copepods. J. of Plankton Research. 15: 1247-1261.
    • Chow-Fraser, P. and E.J. Maly. 1988. Aspects of mating reproduction and co-occurrence in three freshwater calanoid copepods. Freshwater Biol. 19: 95-108.
    • Torke, B. 2001. The distribution of calanoid copepods in the plankton of Wisconsin lakes. Hydrobiologia. 453-454: 351-365.
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