Thursday, December 2, 2010

My favorite aquatic critters

Aquatic critters

A group of phytoplankton

Copepod Candacia
"Copepods are tiny crustaceans, belonging to the same group as crabs and lobsters. They are the most abundant multicellular animals in the sea and collectively may outnumber all other animals in the world. Many move with a characteristic 'hop' through the water and form an important part of the diet of many reef fish." a quote form a website.

Aquatic macrophyte
Bull Shoals Macrophytes:  (eelgrass, Canadian elodea, pondweed, coontail)
"A streamlined torpedo shape helps flying fish generate enough speed to break the water’s surface, and large, wing-like pectoral fins help get them airborne."  a quote form a website.

"Scientists have named the new crustacean "Kiwa irsuta."                                                                                              A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday." a quote form a website.

Water vole Arvicola terrestris Carsington Reservoir, Derbyshire

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