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Class Ostracoda - Ostracods

Ostracods Tiny Water Beetle ostracods Ostracoda Ostracoda Freshwater aquatic tiny things I assume a daphnia Osctracod
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans)
Class Ostracoda (Ostracods)
Other Common Names
Seed shrimp
Explanation of Names
Ostracoda Latreille, 1802
Usually under 3 mm.
The bivalved carapace gives an ostracod the appearance of a tiny clam with legs.
Aquatic habitats such as vernal pools.
The drought-resistant eggs can remain viable after passing through the intestines of birds, which allows them to colonize new sites.
Print References
Several references discussed here.
Internet References
North American Non-Marine Ostracode Database Project Distribution, images, and habitat info
Missouri State Images, identification info, etc.
Works Cited
1.Recent Freshwater Ostracods of the World
Ivana Karanovic. 2012. Springer, New York.
2.Recent Candoninae (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Candonidae) of North America
Ivana Karanovic. 2006. Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 71(1):1-75.
3.Fresh-Water Biology
H. B. Ward and G. C. Whipple. 1918. Wiley, New York.
4.Fresh-Water Biology, 2'nd ed.
H. B. Ward and G. C. Whipple, edited by W. T. Edmondson. 1959. Wiley, New York.
5.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.