Brine shrimp eggs and larvae

Brine shrimp eggs and larvae

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Caption: Brine shrimp eggs and larvae (Artemia sp.). The eggs (left) are only 200 micrometres across. They may develop into larvae (right) or remain dormant as cysts that await favorable water conditions for larval emergence. The larvae molt about 15 times to reach a length of around 10 millimetres. The female shrimp may live for up to three months and produce as many as 300 eggs every four days. Brine shrimp live in hypersaline lakes where the salt content may be as high as 25%. This reduces the number of competitors and predators, and algal production is high. Brine shrimp feed on algae.

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Keywords: animal, artemia, brine, crustacean, egg, eggs, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, larvae, many, multiple, nature, reproduction, reproductive, saltwater, salty, shrimp, shrimps, water, wildlife, zoology

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