Cladocerans of the Podon family
(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 fleas.
Depth: The Podon-species lives from sea-level to unknown depth.
Environment: Pelagic.
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.

Podon-species    Other names

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