from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small, mostly freshwater crustaceans of the order Cladocera, which includes the water fleas.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the order Cladocera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the small crustaceans of the order Cladocera

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Cladocera.


From New Latin Cladocera, order name : Greek klados, branch + Greek keras, horn; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cladocera +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • For example, in the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia spp., growth rates are correlated with the concentration of eicosapentaenoic acid in the water column [43].

    Effects of changes in ultraviolet radiation in the Arctic

  • Likewise, diatom and cladoceran evidence suggest dry warm summers during the period dominated by pine (~7,000 – 3,500 years BP).

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • Functional ecology and palaeolimnology: using cladoceran remains to reconstruct anthropogenic impact.

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • In the European Arctic, combined evidence from oxygen isotope and pollen-inferred precipitation records, cladoceran-inferred lake levels, diatom-inferred lake-water ionic strength, and elemental flux records of erosion intensity into lakes, all suggest more oceanic conditions in the region during the early part of the Holocene than today, with a shift towards drier conditions between approximately 6,000 and 4,500 years BP [34].

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • The very dry period corresponding to shifts from birch to pine corresponds to increasing frequency of diatom and cladoceran taxa indicating lake-level reduction and vegetation overgrowth of numerous lakes [43].

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • Daphnia retrocurva, a common cladoceran in the Great Lakes of North America, has a rounded head from fall to early spring.


  • One of the most obvious features of a cladoceran is its single, large compound eye.


  • Under high P: Si ratios, the increased time between phytoplankton and cladoceran peaks opened a loophole for filamentous cyanobacteria (Oscillatoriales) in warm years to establish dominance after the diatoms, which are silicate limited.


  • Overall, the cladoceran, D. pulex has a wide range of CYPs with the same clans as insects and nematodes, but with distinct changes in the size and composition of each clan.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Chydorus - Chydorus is a cladoceran, a group of tiny crustaceans, most of which live in fresh water.



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