Definition of cladoceran in English:



  • A minute branchiopod crustacean of the order "Cladocera", which includes the water fleas.

    • ‘The cladocerans are excellent osmoregulators, occurring in freshwater to hypersaline environments.’
    • ‘The carapace of cladocerans covers the throrax/abdomen but not the head, and is folded down the midline giving them a bivalved appearance.’
    • ‘Examples of animals in the P. spathula diet are copepods, cladocerans such Daphnia pulex, and ephemeropteran nymphs.’
    • ‘Suspension-feeding zooplankton include rotifers, copepods, and cladocerans, with the latter constituting the major grazers in most small freshwater lakes.’
    • ‘Adult land-locked fish eat mostly zooplankton, especially larger varieties such as copepods, cladocerans, mysids, and ostracods.’


  • Relating to or denoting cladocerans.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 impacts of Cercopagis pengoi, a planktivorous cladoceran were assessed by examining patterns in the distribution and population dynamics of macrozooplankton.’
    • ‘The bosminid-dominated cladoceran population uses both the cyanobacterial- and algal-derived C in approximately equal shares.’