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Any of various aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and the water flea, characterized by a segmented body and flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.

[From New Latin Branchiopoda, class name : Latin branchia, gills; see branchia + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

bran′chi·o·pod′ adj.
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(Animals) any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, and respiration. The group includes the water fleas
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(ˈbræŋ ki əˌpɒd)

1. any crustacean of the class Branchiopoda, having gill-bearing appendages, as the fairy shrimp.
2. of or belonging to the class Branchiopoda.
[1820–30; < New Latin Branchiopoda. See branchia, -o-, -pod]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.branchiopod - aquatic crustaceans typically having a carapace and many pairs of leaflike appendages used for swimming as well as respiration and feeding
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
daphnia, water flea - minute freshwater crustacean having a round body enclosed in a transparent shell; moves about like a flea by means of hairy branched antennae
fairy shrimp - small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back
Artemia salina, brine shrimp - common to saline lakes
tadpole shrimp - a kind of branchiopod crustacean
Adj.1.branchiopod - of or relating to or characteristic of the subclass Branchiopoda
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Functional and phylogenetic analyses of phenoloxidases from brachyuran (Cancer magister) and branchiopod (Artemia franciscana, Triops longicaudatus) crustaceans.
For experiments as well as for routine feeding of the larvae, we cultured separately three species of zooplankton (2 cladocerans and 1 branchiopod).
Captured species by kick net belong to 7 classes with this of dominant Branchiopod (RA%=58,3%) followed by this of Ostracods 25,4% (Figure 4) .
Graham and Wirth (2008) argued that wind is the most important dispersal mechanism of branchiopod cysts on the Colorado Plateau.
Effects of a new photoactivatable cationic porphyrin on ciliated protozoa and branchiopod crustaceans, potential components of freshwater ecosystems polluted by pathogenic agents and their vectors.
2007), especially as the beneficial effect of the branchiopod Artemia in salt production and their use in aquaculture as a food source were well known (Dhont & Sorgeloos 2002).
Scientists had thought that early arthropods had simpler brains like those of tiny freshwater crustaceans called branchiopods. The branchiopod brain consists of two connected parts with a third mass of tissue sitting behind the stomach.
They argue the fossil supports the hypothesis that branchiopod brains evolved from a previously complex to a more simple architecture instead of the other way around.
The study authors argue that the fossil supports the belief that branchiopod brains evolved from complex organisms into simpler ones.
Dispersal of large branchiopod cysts: potential movement by wind from the potholes on the Colorado Plateau.
For the first time, the branchiopod crustacean presence was revealed in the Lodeve basin Permian by some Scoyenia, Acripes, Isopodichnus (Debriette and Gand, 1990; Gand, 1994) then by body remains hundreds found with Conchostraca, insect wings in metric silstones channels of the Salagou Formation.
Studies on large branchiopod biology and aquaculture: Uptake of lead, cadmium, and zinc by the fairy shrimp, Branchinecta longiantenna (Crustacea: Anostraca).