Cladocerans of the Podon
(3 specie in scandinavian waters)
Distribution in scandinavian waters
Maximum length: 0,12 cm. Compare
with the size of a hair.
Appearance: Cladocerans of the Podon family are transparent
with a slight yellow to grey tone. The two quite complex eyes have grown
together and are large and dark. The second pair of antennae are large
and used for swimming. There are four pairs of legs on the abdomen.
With the Podon-species the head is seperated from the carapace
by a sharp indentation. Compare the Podon-species with the cladocerans
of the Evadne species and the water
Depth: The Podon-species lives from sea-level to unknown
Misc: The Podon-species eat small organisms and other
particles that they find in the water. In turn, they themselves are
often eaten by larger creatures, for example, fish. Like the water
fleas the young can develope without the eggs being fertilized.
Classification: The Podon-species is a cladoceran, which
is a crustacean under the arthropods. In the picture above depicts a
female of the species Podon intermedius.
© Aquascope 2000 Tjärnö Marine Biological
Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden
| Martin Larsvik
Loo | Helena