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Daphnia parvula
Daphnia parvula
Daphnia parvula Daphnia parvula
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Branchiopoda
Suborder Cladocera
Family Daphniidae
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Middle pecten long and thin in comparison to proximal and distal pecten.
  • Ocellus absent or inconspicuous.
  • Anterior margin of head broadly rounded.
  • Posterior spine less than ¼ valve length.
  • Head and valves no more than 1.2 mm in length.
Additional Notes
Additional Pictures
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Quicktime Movies
  • DparvulaPostAbdomRejectRotifer.mov - An example of "interference competition" where Daphnia collects the rotifer, Gastropus, into the filtering chamber and rejects it with the postabdomen, often injuring the rotifer (Gilbert, 1989). (5.8 MB)