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Microplastics

Microplastics
Zooplankton, such as copepods, that come into contact with microplastics often mistake them for food, as they can be the same size as their natural food.

Reef Food: Harpacticoida

Reef Food: Harpacticoida
The harpacticoids are an order of mostly benthic (living on surfaces) copepods found all over the world; living in the ocean, lakes, moist soil, groundwater…basically anywhere you can find water you can find a harpacticoid copepod, although most species are marine. Click Here To Read More.

Calanoida - Copepods With Heart

Calanoida - Copepods With Heart
To date there have been about 2000 species described in the copepod order Calanoida, which is probably just a fraction of what is left to be discov...

Reef Favourites: The Longnose Hawkfish

Reef Favourites: The Longnose Hawkfish
Oxycirrhites typus aka the longnose hawkfish is a reef aquarium favourite. What’s not to love about this fish, with its red and white checkered pat...

Seahorses and Copepods

Seahorses and Copepods
The syngnathids (a name which comes from the Greek for “fused jaws”) are a unique looking family of fish encompassing the well known, charismatic seahorses, as well as the pipefishes, pipehorses and seadragons. These fish are found in warm seas worldwide, usually in coastal waters.

Copepod Morphology

Copepod Morphology
The bodies of copepods can be extremely different during their different stages of life as they change from nauplius to copepodid to adult. The body structure of copepods also has large variation between species, but in general they share physical traits that unite them as a group and visually mark them as copepods.

Larval Fish-Copepod Feeding Interactions

Larval Fish-Copepod Feeding Interactions
Have you ever had trouble feeding or keeping baby fish? Mortality in marine larval fish (such as clownfish) is high for many reasons, but a main culprit is the lack of appropriate food. In the wild, the diets of larval fish are mainly made up of copepods. Learn More!

Mandarinfish

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Synchiropus splendidus is a beautiful fish better known as the mandarinfish, mandarin dragonet or mandarin goby. The mandarinfish is not actually a goby though, they are just superficially similar to the members of the Gobiidae, and are actually in the Callionymidae, the dragonet family. Learn More Here!

Copepod Life Stages

Copepod Life Stages
Copepods go through many transformations during the course of their planktonic lives. Hatching from an egg which might be attached to the adult fem...

What are Rotifers?

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What are rotifers, beyond tiny organisms that you feed to your reef? Although rotifers are for the most part microscopic, they are in fact multicellular animals belonging to their own ancient group which can be found all over the world.

Copepods and Photosynthesis

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Photosynthesis, the process by which light is converted into chemical energy is usually thought to only take place in the realm of plants and algae...

Copepod Speed and Strength

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Most people know that ants are able to perform herculean feats of strength, lifting many times their own body weight.  But how many people know tha...