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Subclass Copepoda - Copepods

Copepod with eggs - female Cyclopid Copepod Cyclopoid copepod antenna Planktonic marine copepod Copepod Copepod - Oncaea - female Copepod Cyclopoid copepod
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans)
Class Maxillopoda (Maxillopods)
Subclass Copepoda (Copepods)
Size
Usually 5 mm or less.
Identification
Body segmented and cylindrical.
Habitat
Aquatic habitats from fresh water to hypersaline; including vernal pools, subterranean caves, bromeliad leaves, or leaf litter.
Food
Some graze bottom detritus, others filter plankton, and others are predaceous.
Remarks
the most numerous metazoans in the water community (metazoan: multi-celled animals).
Print References
(1)
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools
Leo P. Kenney and Matthew R. Burne. 2000. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program and Vernal Pool Association.