Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Latreille's system of classification, a section of his Branchiopoda lophopoda, equivalent to the Daphnides of Strauss or the Daphniacea of others. The section included such genera as Latona, Sida, and Polyphemus, and was practically equivalent to the following group of the same name.
- An order of Entomostraca or a suborder of Phyllopoda, comprising the small crustaceans known as water-fleas, abounding in fresh water. They are very prolific, produce ephippial eggs, molt frequently, are more or less transparent, have a bivalvular carapace hinged on the back, a single large eye, from 4 to 6 foliaceous feet bearing branchiæ, and large ramose or branched antennæ (whence the name) acting as swimming-organs. Leading families are Daphniidœ, polyphemidœ, Lynceidœ, and Sididœ. Also
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An order of the Entomostraca.
“The invasion rate of freshwater cladocera, small crustaceans such as the water flea Daphnia, is now 50,000 times higher than the background level before humans played a dominant role in species transport.”
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