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General information.

Zooplankton of fresh waters. By Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax, Dartmouth, N.S., Canada.
Freshwater Ecology. By the Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

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Some links to the cladocerans' (Anomopoda, Ctenopoda, Onychopoda and Haplopoda) world.

First of all two of the most beautiful photos of cladocerans that I have seen so far. They are not mine, so you will find below each the credits and links to the sites from where they were taken.

Eurycercus sp.

Eurycercus sp., from Lake Mývatn, North Iceland (Photo: Árni Einarsson).
Taken from Cladocera of Lake Mývatn ( Mývatn Research Station, Iceland)

Bosmina sp.

Bosmina sp. (photo by Tom Adams.)
Copyright (c) MCMXCVII Educational Images Ltd., Elmira, NY, USA. All rights reserved. Taken from EDUCATIONAL IMAGES LTD.

Cladoceran web pages. NEW
From the Department of Zoology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
This is a new web page that has many interesting things to see. Among all of them, there is the recent taxonomy of the Daphnia species known to occur in North America, based on Colbourne and Hebert (1996) with detailed descriptions and photos of each species.
Home page for Paul Hebert's lab.
Zooplankton Project Southwest Missouri State University.
Do not forget to visit the beautiful and helpful Photo Gallery of Crustacean zooplankton from the south-central US.
The Daphnia Parasite Picture Gallery
By Dieter Ebert & Hans-Joachim Carius of the Host-Parasite-Evolution group in the Zoological Institute at the University of Basle. With an impresive section of Infected Daphnia photos.
Water Fleas
By Gordon Green, from the Royal British Columbia Museum and Okanagan University College.
Cladocera, the Water Fleas
A brief description of the group, by the Freshwater Invertebrate Survey of Suffolk, England. With details of species recorded in Suffolk.
Anatomy of Daphnia magna.
By Richard Fox of the Department of Biology, Lander University.
Physiological Ecology of Daphnia magna.
Cercopagis (Cercopagis) pengoi (Ostroumov, 1891) a marine cladoceran.
By Ojaveer, H. from the Baltic Research Network on Ecology of Marine Invasions and Introductions.
Invertebrate Macrofossil Biostratigraphy Cladocera.
Analysis of cladoceran fossils in lake sediments.

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Some links to the copepods' world

copepod coming up

Copepod Biology 101. NEW
Copepod diversity at the Natural History Museum.
Zoomorphology Section at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
An excellent page, with a lot of copepod-information.

Tigriopus brevicornis

Precopula. A male of Tigriopus brevicornis is clasping a female fifth copepodid.
Taken from The Zoomorphology Section at the University of Oldenburg

Copepods. An introduction to the largest and most diversified class of crustaceans, with a section on the groundwater copepods of Italy including a complete checklist of taxa, by Prof. Giuseppe L. Pesce.
World Groundwater Cyclopid Copepods by Prof. Giuseppe L. Pesce.
World Groundwater Arpacticoids Copepods by Prof. Giuseppe L. Pesce.
Copepod general biology at the Museum of Victoria.
The Plankton Net.
Probably one of the most beautiful and well structured web pages related to the zooplankton. Do not forget to visit Sampling the Great Lakes a very nice way to learn how to sample in epicontinetal water bodies.
The Copepod Page of Sean Avent.
You can find here more links to the copepod-world.
Groundwater Copepods from Italy.
Coulls Meiofauna Laboratory. Taxonomy and phylogeny of Copepoda available.
What makes a copepod hydrodynamically conspicuous? by Jeannette Yen.
Sensory Systems of Copepods.
Directory of Copepodologist.
BIOSIS Web Guide to the group Arthropoda: Crustacea.
Here you will find more link to copepod's sites.
Copepodology at the Smithsonian Institution.
MONOCULUS Home Pague The Copepod Newsletter.
Copepod Comics. Funny rana
This one has some very nice and funny cartoons of copepods, just another way to enjoy them.

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Some links to the rotifers' world

Rotifer Biology Project, at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso.

Brachionus calyciflorus

Brachionus calyciflorus: Photo: P.L. Starkweather. Approximately 300 µm. Feeding on Anabaena.
[Starkweather, P.L. and P.E. Kellar. 1987. Combined influences of paticulate and dissolved factors in the toxicity of Microcystis aeruginosa (NCR-SS-170 to the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus. Hydrobiologia 147:375-378.]
Taken from Rotifer Biology Project . Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

Rotifer Life Cycle at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Rotifers And How To Find Them by Roy Winsby.
Rotiferos/Rotifera. A brief description and photos (in Spanish) of some rotifer species.
Rotifers Of Cootes Paradise And Hamilton Harbour, at the Faculty of Science, McMaster University, Canada.
An Introduction to Bdelloid Rotifers by Aydin Örstan.
Molecular and Genetic studies of Bdelloid Rotifers.
Meselson Laboratory Research Program. Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University.
Anatomy of Philodina by Richard Fox. Department of Biology, Lander University.
Photos of habitus and karyotype of Philodina roseola.
Video and description of rotifer's structure by Ken Jones and Maurice Smith.
Culturing Rotifers by Liu Fengqi.
Production and Application of Rotifers in Liu Fengqi
Salt Water Rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis) Rearing by Sachs Systems Aquaculture.
Live Rotifer Birth
This is a video sequence showing a rotifer of the bdelloidea class giving birth to live young! The video sequence was filmed by David Walker.
The Rotifer Jaw by Mike Morgan.
Life in a Drop of Water by Mike Morgan.
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
A Tragic Film from the Microscopic World by Ken Jones.
A video clip of a rotifer eating a colony of Volvox. UP
Some photos of rotifers from Central Texas by Jerry Evans.


This page is still under construction!!

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International congresses and meetings on freshwater zooplankton and related ones.

Plankton population dynamics: food web interactions and abiotic contraints.
Konstanz, Germany. November 4-7 1998.
VII International Conference on Copepoda.
Curitiba, Brazil. July 25-31 1999.
5th International Symposium on Cladocera.
Plön, Germany. September 14-18, 1999.
9th International Rotifer Symposium.
Khon Kaen, Thailand. 16-23 January 2000.
VIIth Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.
Barcelona, Spain. August 24-28 1999.
28ht Congress of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL) .
Melbourne, Australia. 4-10 February 2001.

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