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  • Copepods


    Use your mouse to magnify this copepod, Acartia tonsa.  Copepod (meaning "oar foot") have flattened legs they use for swimming and gas exchange. They have been compared to ants because they are small (generally ~1mm, but can be smaller or larger) and are very numerous in fresh and salt water. Click the thumbnail images below to learn about copepod reproduction.

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