Brine shrimp larvae

Brine shrimp larvae

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Caption: Brine shrimp larvae (Artemia sp.) inside a drop of water. The larvae molt about 15 times to reach a length of around 10 millimetres. The female shrimp may then live for up to three months and produce as many as 300 eggs every four days. The eggs may immediately develop into these larvae, or remain dormant as cysts until water conditions improve. 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, drop, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, larvae, many, multiple, nature, reproduction, reproductive, saltwater, salty, shrimp, shrimps, water, wildlife, zoology

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