Definition of cladoceran in English:

cladoceran

Line breaks: cla|docer¦an
Pronunciation: /kləˈdɒs(ə)r(ə)n
 
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Zoology

noun

  • A minute branchiopod crustacean of the order Cladocera, which includes the water fleas.
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    • Adult land-locked fish eat mostly zooplankton, especially larger varieties such as copepods, cladocerans, mysids, and ostracods.
    • Examples of animals in the P. spathula diet are copepods, cladocerans such Daphnia pulex, and ephemeropteran nymphs.
    • The carapace of cladocerans covers the throrax/abdomen but not the head, and is folded down the midline giving them a bivalved appearance.

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  • Relating to or denoting cladocerans.
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    • Two current areas of research promise to enhance developmental studies on cladoceran hemoglobins, however.
    • Egg size, the zoological counterpart of seed size, has not been nearly as well studied, but is known to correlate positively with genome size in cladoceran crustaceans and plethodontid salamanders.
    • The predatory cladoceran Cercopagis pengoi has extended its range over the past decade from the Ponto-Caspian basin into the Baltic Sea and the Laurentian Great Lakes.

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