Definitions for daphniaˈdæf ni ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
daph•ni•aˈdæf ni ə(n.)(pl.)-ni•as.
any tiny freshwater branchiopod crustacean of the genus Daphnia, used as aquarium food.
Origin of daphnia:
1840–50; < NL, perh. after Daphne ; see -ia
daphnia, water flea(noun)
minute freshwater crustacean having a round body enclosed in a transparent shell; moves about like a flea by means of hairy branched antennae
A water flea of the genus Daphnia.
Origin: From the genus name.
a genus of the genus Daphnia
Daphnia is a genus of small, planktonic crustaceans, between 0.2 and 5 mm in length. Daphnia are members of the order Cladocera, and are one of the several small aquatic crustaceans commonly called water fleas because of their saltatory swimming style. They live in various aquatic environments ranging from acidic swamps to freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. The two most readily available species of Daphnia are D. pulex and D. magna. They are often associated with a related genus in the order Cladocera: Moina, which is in the Moinidae family instead of Daphniidae and is much smaller than D. pulex. Daphnia eggs for sale are generally enclosed in ephippia
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A diverse genus of minute freshwater CRUSTACEA, of the suborder CLADOCERA. They are a major food source for both young and adult freshwater fish.
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