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Why Does the Cleaner of Lake Baikal Need Dental Crowns?

A tiny copepod—Epishura baicalensis—is one of the most well-known Baikal endemics. This dominant zooplankton species of Lake Baikal is a critical element in the food pyramid of the freshwater ocean. It feeds on bacteria and unicellular algae and is itself food for the Baikal omul and other pelagic fish. This copepod is capable of filtering about one cup of water per day, thereby participating in the cleansing of Lake Baikal. However, there is also research interest in this aquatic invertebrate itself:...

Modified: 05.09.2016
zooplankton , Copepoda , Epischura , samples of plankton , research methods , Lake Baikal
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