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.
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.
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.
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!
Zooplankton are found near the bottom of the food chain. Feeding on phytoplankton (green water) and other small zooplankton, they in turn are the p...