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Apocyclops dengizicus
Image courtesy of San Diego State University, Salton Sea Symposium 2000
Apocyclops dengizicus
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Copepods


Apocyclops dengizicus is a planktonic cyclopoid copepod. It was described from Kazakhstan in 1900 and ranges from North Africa to Central Asia, East Asia and Australia. It is typically found in inland saline habitats, but is also known from lagoons and saltmarshes, and in one case, from the water contained in the leaf of a Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea). In North America, three specimens have been identified from the Chesapeake Bay region (Maryland and Virginia), but established populations are not known. In some parts of its native range, this species reared as a food organism for larvae and juveniles of aquaculture shrimps and fishes. No negative impacts have been reported.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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