45. Seed shrimps

The 45th chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Seed shrimps”.

Ostracods or “seed shrimps” are tiny crustaceans inhabiting almost any mass of water, from oceans to lakes and even the soil of some rainforests. Most of them are no longer than 2 mm in length, but one species can reach 3 cm. Its name comes from the Greek and is related to the shell protecting its body. It is a shell mainly made of chitin and calcium carbonate. Their diet is extremely varied and varies both according to the species and the individual. Thus, we can find ostracods feeding on other animals, on submerged plants or algae and even on detritus.

This is the 45th chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

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Science into Images’s team.