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Daphnia

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2023-07-18 Snargl 3 minutes 30 seconds

What is the animal Daphnia known for?

Yellow fish with big eyes and a long tail is swimming in the water with yellow leaves around it
Close up of a jellyfish in the water with bubbles and bubbles around it's head and body
Group of yellow bugs on top of a green surface with water droplets on it's back
Yellow fish with a long tail and a long tail is swimming in a dark aquarium with green plants
Close up of a squid on a black background

Daphnia is a genus of small planktonic crustaceans that live in various aquatic environments, such as freshwater lakes and ponds.
They are commonly called water fleas because they swim by jerking their body, which resembles the jumping of fleas.

Daphnia have a transparent carapace that covers most of their body, except for their head, which has a large compound eye and two long antennae.
The antennae are used for swimming and sensing the environment.
Daphnia also have five pairs of legs that are used for filter feeding and respiration.
They can eat algae, bacteria, and other organic particles by creating a water current with their legs and trapping the food in their mouth.

Daphnia are important members of the aquatic food web, as they are preyed upon by many fish and invertebrates, and they help to recycle nutrients and control algae growth.
Daphnia can reproduce both sexually and asexually, depending on the environmental conditions.
They can produce resting eggs that can survive harsh conditions and hatch when the conditions improve.
Daphnia can also show phenotypic plasticity, which means they can change their body shape and size in response to predators or other factors.

Daphnia are widely used as model organisms in biological research, as they are easy to culture, observe, and manipulate.
They are also used as indicators of water quality, as they are sensitive to pollutants and environmental changes.
Daphnia are also popular as live food for aquarium fish, as they are nutritious and stimulate the natural feeding behavior of fish.

Daphnia are fascinating animals that have adapted to various aquatic habitats and have many ecological and scientific roles.
They are also a source of enjoyment for many hobbyists and nature lovers.

Example of the color palette for the image of Daphnia

Picture with primary colors of Phthalo green, Light slate gray, Field drab, Flax and University of California Gold
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 8005-B80G
NCS S 3020-R90B
NCS S 1030-G90Y
RAL Classic
RAL 6009
RAL 7000
RAL 8008
RAL 1014
RAL 1027
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 270 50 15
RAL 080 40 40
RAL 095 90 50
RAL Effect
RAL 280-2
RAL 310-5
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Where does the Daphnia live?

Yellow and white fish in a green aquarium with a bubble in it's mouth
Yellow and black insect with long legs and a long body of hair on its head
Yellow and green sea Daphnia in the water with plants and rocks in the background

Daphnia are small crustaceans that are commonly called water fleas.
They live in various freshwater habitats, such as lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.
They can also survive in temporary water bodies, such as puddles or tree moss.

Daphnia feed on algae and other microorganisms that they filter from the water.
They are an important part of the aquatic food chain, as they are eaten by many fish and invertebrates.
Daphnia have a transparent carapace that covers their body and allows them to see their internal organs.
They have a compound eye, a pair of antennae, and several pairs of legs.
They swim by jerking their antennae and legs in a saltatory motion.

Daphnia can adapt to different environmental conditions, such as temperature, pH, oxygen, and predators.
They can change their size, shape, color, and reproduction mode depending on the situation.
For example, some Daphnia can grow larger spines or helmets to deter predators, or produce resting eggs that can survive harsh conditions.
Daphnia can also reproduce both sexually and asexually, depending on the availability of mates and resources.

Daphnia are widely used in scientific research, education, and aquaculture.
They are easy to culture, observe, and manipulate in the laboratory.
They are also sensitive to environmental changes and pollutants, making them useful indicators of water quality and ecological health.
Daphnia are also a popular food source for aquarium fish and other aquatic animals.

Daphnia are fascinating and diverse organisms that play a vital role in freshwater ecosystems.
They live in a variety of habitats and have remarkable adaptations to survive and thrive.
They are also valuable for human purposes and interests, as they provide food, knowledge, and entertainment.

Example of the color palette for the image of Daphnia

Picture with primary colors of Sap green, Dark jungle green, Brass, Asparagus and Charcoal
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 4040-G50Y
NCS S 8005-B80G
NCS S 2050-G90Y
NCS S 3020-G40Y
NCS S 7005-R80B
RAL Classic
RAL 6025
RAL 8022
RAL 1024
RAL 6021
RAL 7026
RAL Design
RAL 110 40 40
RAL 160 20 20
RAL 075 60 50
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What does the Daphnia look like?

Yellow and black jellyfish in a dark aquarium with plants and rocks in the background
Yellow and green jellyfish with a large green eye and a long tail
Yellow and black insect with long legs and a long body of hair on its back legs
Yellow fish with a large eye and a long tail is floating in the water with sunlight shining on the water

A Daphnia is a tiny crustacean that lives in freshwater habitats.

It has a transparent body that is divided into segments, but this is not very visible.

A Daphnia has a large compound eye, two pairs of antennae, and a pair of setae (bristles) at the end of its abdomen.

It also has a carapace (shell) that covers most of its body, except for a gap where its legs are located.

The carapace has a tail spine that sticks out from the back.

A Daphnia can be seen under a microscope, and its heart, digestive system, and reproductive organs can be observed.

Example of the color palette for the image of Daphnia

Picture with primary colors of Burnt umber, MSU Green, Slate gray, Copper and Pale gold
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 6020-B90G
NCS S 4010-R90B
RAL Classic
RAL 3013
RAL 6005
RAL 5014
RAL 8001
RAL 1000
RAL Design
RAL 030 30 45
RAL 180 20 15
RAL 270 50 10
RAL 060 50 50
RAL 075 80 40
RAL Effect
RAL 350-4
RAL 750-M
RAL 320-M
RAL 310-2
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