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Bosmina sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Cladocera
Family: Bosminidae
Genus: Bosmina
Baird, 1845 [1]

Bosmina is a genus in the order Cladocera, the water fleas. Its members can be distinguished from those of Bosminopsis (the only other genus in the family Bosminidae) by the separation of the antennae; in Bosminopsis, the antennae are fused at their bases.[2]

Bosmina are filter feeders consuming algae and protozoans about 1–3 μm long. Bosmina are known to have a dual feeding mechanism. They can filter the water using their second and third legs and the first leg will grab the particles. The second and third legs have small setules attached to the seta to make a mesh-like structure for filtering.[3]

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  1. ^ WoRMS (2010). "Bosmina Baird, 1845". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Stanley L. Dodson, Carla E. Cáceres & D. Christopher Rogers (2009). "Cladocera and other Branchiopoda". In James H. Thorp. Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (3rd ed.). Academic Press. pp. 773–828. ISBN 978-0-12-374855-3. 
  3. ^ Agnes H. Bleiwas and Pamela M. Stokes (1985). "Collection of large and small food particles by Bosmina". Limnology and Oceanography. 30 (5): 1090–1092. doi:10.4319/lo.1985.30.5.1090. JSTOR 2836592. 

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