copepod crustacean


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Noun1.copepod crustacean - minute marine or freshwater crustaceans usually having six pairs of limbs on the thoraxcopepod crustacean - minute marine or freshwater crustaceans usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax; some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
Copepoda, subclass Copepoda - minute planktonic or parasitic crustaceans
britt, brit - minute crustaceans forming food for right whales
water flea, cyclops - minute free-swimming freshwater copepod having a large median eye and pear-shaped body and long antennae used in swimming; important in some food chains and as intermediate hosts of parasitic worms that affect man e.g. Guinea worms
fish louse - a kind of copepod
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One suspect in the disappearance of cod and other groundfish is the food source for their young--a planktonic copepod crustacean no larger than a grain of rice.
Free-swimming first-stage larvae are formed, which are ingested by the minute copepod crustacean cyclops, and become second-stage larvae.
Copepod crustaceans can also be used to eat mosquito larvae in ditches, pools and other areas of stagnant water.