Expert(s). Expert: Notes: Reference for: Other Source(s). Source: American Fisheries Society Special Publication 31, pre-press (version May). Acquired. PDF | A persisting population of an unidentified and probably undescribed cladoceran, morphologically similar to Daphnia similis CLAUS but genetically. The aim of the present paper is to revise the taxonomy of the Daphnia ( Ctenodaphnia) similis group in the Old World with both morphological.

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They are tolerant of being observed live under a cover slip and appear to suffer no harm when returned to open water. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Daphnia. The Next Great Lakes Exotic? Each subgenus has been further divided into a number of species complexes.

Daphnia may be used in certain environments to test the effects of toxins on an ecosystemwhich makes them an indicator genusparticularly useful because of its short lifespan and reproductive capabilities. The trapped food particles are formed into a food bolus which then moves down the digestive tract until voided through the anus located on the ventral surface of the terminal appendage. Daphnia live in various aquatic environments ranging from acidic swamps to freshwater lakes and ponds.

Zooplankton of the Great Lakes: Some species of daphnia native to North America can develop sharp spines at the end of the body and helmet-like structures on the head when they detect predators, [22] [23] but this is overall temporary for such daphnia species and they do not completely overwhelm or discourage native predators from eating them.

Daphnia similis Claus, – Overview

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Crease; Michael Lynch Moinawhich is in the Moinidae family instead of Daphniidae and is much smaller than D. Daphnia Daphnia pulex Daphni classification Daphniw In Patrick O’Sullivan; C.

Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. In either case, the resting eggs are protected by a hardened coat called the ephippiumand are cast off at the female’s next moult. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December Articles with permanently dead external links Webarchive template wayback links Articles using diversity taxobox Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with siimilis statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Commons category link is on Wikidata Wikipedia articles with NDL identifiers Articles containing video clips.


Retrieved October 9, Stoeckel, Illinois Natural History Survey: Petrusek March 2, Towards the end of the growing season, however, the mode of reproduction changes, and the females produce tough “resting eggs” or “winter eggs”. Views Read Edit View history. Daphnialike many animals, are prone to alcohol intoxication, and make excellent subjects for studying the effects of the depressant on the nervous system due to the translucent exoskeleton and the visibly altered heart rate.

List of Daphnia species. The following are listed as vulnerable by IUCN: They are often fed to tadpoles or small species of amphibians such as the African dwarf frog Hymenochirus boettgeri. Due to its intermediate size, Daphnia utilizes both diffusion and circulatory methods, producing hemoglobin in low-oxygen environments.

Daphnia is also commonly used for experiments to test climate change aspects, as ultraviolet radiation UVR that seriously damage zooplankton species e. An individual Daphnia life-span depends on factors such as temperature and the abundance of predatorsbut can be 13—14 months in some cold, oligotrophic fish-free lakes.

Retrieved from ” https: The two most readily available species of Daphnia are D. Daphniaa genus of small planktonic crustaceansare 0. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. They produce a brood of diploid eggs every time they moult ; these broods can contain as few as 1—2 eggs in smaller species, such as D.

Even under relatively low-power microscopythe feeding mechanism can be observed, with immature young moving in dapnia brood pouch; moreover, the eye being moved by the ciliary muscles can be seen, as well as blood cells being pumped around the circulatory system by the simple heart.

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Oneida Lake Education Initiative. The body of Daphnia is usually 1—5 millimetres 0. Because they are nearly transparent, their internal organs are easy to study in live specimens e. In species without males, resting eggs are also produced asexually and are diploid. Daphnia are typically filter feedersingesting mainly unicellular algae and various sorts of organic detritus including protists and bacteria [3] [10] Beating of the legs produces a constant current through the carapace which brings such material into the digestive tract.


Daphnia are members of the order Cladoceraand are one of the several small aquatic crustaceans commonly called sumilis fleas because their saltatory Wiktionary swimming style resembles the movements of fleas. National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Because of their thin membrane, which allows drugs to be absorbed, they are used to monitor the effects of certain drugs, such as adrenaline or capsaicin, on the heart. This may not be the case, however, and the new invaders may mostly be a tangling and clogging nuisance.

Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolution of Parasitism in Daphnia. Daphnia eggs for sale are generally enclosed in ephippia a thick shell, consisting of two chitinous plates, that encloses and protects the winter eggs of a cladoceran. In most species, the rest of the similiz is covered by a carapacewith a ventral gap in which the five or six pairs of legs lie.

Some species are halophilesand can be found in hypersaline lake environments, an example of which is the Makgadikgadi Pan. While daphnia are an important base of the food chain in freshwater lakes and vernal poolsthey become a nuisance when they are unable to be eaten by native macroscopic predators and somilis is some concern that the original spineless and hookless water fleas and daphnia end up out-competed by the invasive ones.

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