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seed shrimp eating a dead bee

Ostracoda

Description:

Ostracods are tiny crustaceans, sometimes known as seed shrimp. Some live in salt water and others, like these, in fresh water. Different types have different diets, but these seem to be scavengers. Each one is less than 2mm long.

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3 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

That's cool! I've never noticed them while in that area. Thanks for sharing.

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textless 10 years ago

Stagnant water alongside a stream. But I've also seen them in ponds and cattle wallows in that area. :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Based on the map location, I'm guessing this is a fresh water crustacean. Was this in a pond?

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Mar 28, 2011
Submitted on Nov 14, 2011

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