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Traits: Crustacean (invertebrate animal) with a short, cylindrical body of ten segments; the first few segments have appendages

Habitat: Fresh and salt water wetlands and at sea

Foods: Filter detritus or algae from the water; some capture small zooplankton. Some are parasites on the gills of fish and large crustaceans.

Eaten by: Fish and other aquatic animals, including whales

Do You Know? Although they are tiny, copepods and other small crustaceans are the chief food of humpback and gray whales.

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