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any transparent branchiopod crustacean of the order Anostraca, of freshwater ponds.
Origin of fairy shrimp:
small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back
A small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages and swimming on its back.
Anostraca is one of the four orders of crustaceans in the class Branchiopoda; its members are also known as fairy shrimp. They are usually 6–25 mm long. Most species have 20 body segments, bearing 11 pairs of leaf-like phyllopodia, and the body lacks a carapace. They live in vernal pools and hypersaline lakes across the world, including pools in deserts, in ice-covered mountain lakes and in Antarctica. They swim "upside-down" and feed by filtering organic particles from the water or by scraping algae from surfaces. They are an important food for many birds and fish, and are cultured and harvested for use as fish food. There are 300 species spread across 8 families.
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