Q: What is Daphnia?
A: Daphnia is a very small crustacean, which means its related to animals like lobster, crab and shrimp.
Q: Where do Daphnia live?
A: Daphnia are fresh water crustaceans. They can be found in lakes, rivers, ponds, streams – even puddles!
Q: What do they eat?
A: They eat lots of things you’d find in a lake or river, like algae, bacteria, and detritus.
Q: How big is a Daphnia?
A: Adult Daphnia usually measure 2 -5 millimeters long. That’s smaller than your pinky nail!
Q: How long do Daphnia live?
A: On average, about 3 months.
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Daphnia giving birth under BioBus microscopes
Daphnia heart beat
Other resources to learn about Daphnia:
Daphnia Images and Information at MBL Aquaculture
Daphnia – Wikipedia
Daphnia: An Aquarist’s Guide
For teachers: Order Daphnia for your classroom
- Email us at email@example.com to order Daphnia through the BioBus, or order a live culture from Carolina Biological Supply.
- Follow these instructions on how to care for your Daphnia
- Here’s another guide to culturing Daphnia