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Fairy Shrimp 

Traits: Crustacean (invertebrate animal) that swims upside down; 20 body segments with appendages on the first 11-12 segments; eyes on stalks; no hard shell covering body

Habitat: Small ponds, springs, meltwater pools

Foods: Detritus, small crustaceans, rotifers, protozoans, algae, diatoms and other plankton

Eaten by: Ducks, phalaropes, water shrews, diving beetles, other aquatic invertebrates, fish

Do You Know? Females are often more abundant than males. In some types, no males are known and develop from eggs that have never been fertilized.

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

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