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Scientists watch as water fleas take over new territory

University of Illinois animal biology professor Carla Cáceres and graduate student Christopher Holmes led a study of Daphnia pulex, an aquatic crustacean, to gain insight into the ecology of ponds.

Look into any nutrient-rich pond almost anywhere in the world and you will find Daphnia pulex, a tiny crustacean (also called a water flea) that is a source of food for fish and fascination for scientists. A new study, reported in the journal Molecular Ecology, offers insights into this creature’s ability to disperse and its remarkable success in the wild.

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Publication Date: 07/20/2016
Photo credits: L. Brian Stauffer
Editor: Diana Yates