Category Archive: Crustacean

Nov 13

What if… Krill suddenly disappeared?

There can be few animals whose importance to the Earth’s ecosystem is as great as the Antarctic krill. The animal itself doesn’t look that impressive – it’s a small crustacean that looks rather like a shrimp – but what it lacks in its unassuming appearance, it more than makes up for in sheer abundance. In fact, …

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Apr 23

The Mighty Morphin’ Water Flea

There are many elaborate ways of defending yourself in nature. The skunk uses a horrific chemical weapon; one type of lizard can squirt blood from its own eyes; and some sea birds literally vomit on their foes. But for the tiny so-called water flea called Daphnia – actually a freshwater crustacean, not a flea – …

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