Daphnia are small crustaceans more commonly known as "water fleas."
They are found in fresh-water lakes and streams and can be easily
raised and maintained in a fresh-water aquarium. Their small size
and translucent body, which allows one to view their internal organs, is
ideal for studying their physiology under a microscope, without hurting
In addition to the MadSci Files below, the pages on
at Cornell University's Environmental
Inquiry provide a good introduction to working with these creatures.
Further material in our Archives may be
found running a search for
Daphnia on the MadSci Search Engine.
Daphnia Questions and Answers
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