A very elegant tiny watercritter, the diaptomus gracilis
can be found in a pond or lake. They seem to fly through the
water. Together with Daphnia en Cyclops these are the
main portion of the foodchain in the freshwater community.
During wintertime Daphnia has almost disappeared and Cyclops
en Diaptomus dominates.
Diaptomus is the look-a-like of cyclops maar is just
more beautiful: is seems to fly through the water.
beautiful picture of Diaptomus.
(Phylum Arthropoda, Class Crustacea, Order Copepoda)
The egg development of diaptomus and nauplus stage is
the same as for cyclops.
anatomie of diaptomus
The copepods cyclops and diaptomus are much faster
then there predators or daphnia.
has a torpedo form
morfology of diaptomus
Diaptomus and its morfolgy