One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small transparent crustacean which typically swims on its back, using its legs to filter food particles from the water.
Order Anostraca, class Branchiopoda: many species, including brine shrimps
- ‘Below the surface, scuba divers haunt Sund Rock Marine Preserve and Octopus Hole, where the world's biggest octopuses share the water with fairy shrimp, shellfish, and Dungeness crab.’
- ‘Biologists have discovered the vernal pool fairy shrimp, a small freshwater crustacean already listed as threatened, in some of the vernal pools that are home to the plants.’
- ‘One of the only two habitats for the fairy shrimp in Orange County is a vernal pool at Fairview park in Costa Mesa!’
- ‘Endemic to Southern California, the San Diego fairy shrimp, Branchinecta sandiegonensis, has suffered tremendous habitat loss due to urban development and consequently is on the Federal endangered species list.’
- ‘Classified as phyllopods due to the leaf-like appearance of their legs, fairy shrimps ‘bloom’ in mineral-rich temporary ponds, reaching ridiculously dense concentrations.’
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