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Harpacticella paradoxa
Harpacticella paradoxa
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Copepods


Harpacticella paradoxa is a freshwater harpacticoid copepod. It is known from freshwater habitats in Japan, China and the Indian Ocean. Populations were recently (2000-2006) discovered in Washington and Northern California. Available evidence, including its recent arrival and disjunct distribution, suggest an introduced status in North America. This species is epibenthic, crawling on the substrate or living in sediment, but occasionally occurs in the plankton. No ecological or economic impacts have been reported for this species.

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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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