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Water Flea 
Traits: Crustacean (invertebrate animal) with a body compressed side to side; hard shell covers body but not head; uses second set of antennae to swim

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, streams

Foods: Filters detritus, protozoans, rotifers, crustaceans, algae, diatoms and other plankton from the water

Eaten by: Ducks, shorebirds, diving beetles, other aquatic invertebrates, fish

Do You Know? Females produce two kinds of eggs: thin-shelled eggs in the summer, which develop without fertilization, and thick-shelled ones in winter, which are fertilized by males.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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