Branchinecta paludosa

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Branchinecta paludosa
Branchinecta paludosa (plate).jpg
Illustration from Fauna Norvegiae by Georg Ossian Sars (1896)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Anostraca
Family: Branchinectidae
Genus: Branchinecta
Species: B. paludosa
Binomial name
Branchinecta paludosa
(O. F. Müller, 1788)

Branchinecta paludosa is a species of fairy shrimp with a Holarctic distribution.[1]


B. paludosa is widely distributed in the Arctic tundra of Eurasia, chiefly above latitudes of 60° north.[2] It reaches its northern limit, 77° north at Ivanov Bay in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.[3][4] Further populations exist as far south as the Tatra Mountains on the PolishSlovakian border at about 49° north.[2] There are scattered records from North America, mostly near the Arctic Ocean.[2]

Life cycle[edit]

After hatching, young B. paludosa spend 20–30 days as larvae, before reaching sexual maturity at the end of July. They are then reproductive for 35–45 days, until the middle of August.[4]


  1. ^ Elena M. Sayenko & Noboru Minakawa (1999). "Occurrence of two species of crustaceans, Branchinecta paludosa (O. F. Müller, 1788) (Anostraca) and Lepidurus arcticus (Pallas, 1793) (Notostraca), on the Kuril Archipelago". Crustaceana. 72 (7): 710–712. JSTOR 20106186. doi:10.1163/156854099503744. 
  2. ^ a b c James F. Saunders III, Denton Belk & Richard Duford (1993). "Persistence of Branchinecta paludosa (Anostraca) in southern Wyoming, with notes on zoogeography" (PDF). Journal of Crustacean Biology. 13 (1): 184–189. JSTOR 1549133. doi:10.2307/1549133. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ D. Dudley Williams (2006). "The biota". The Biology of Temporary Waters. Oxford University Press. pp. 40–120. ISBN 978-0-19-852811-1. 
  4. ^ a b Nicholas V. Vekhoff (1997). M. A. Simovich, C. Sassaman & D. Belk, ed. "Large branchiopod Crustacea (Anostraca, Notostraca, Spinicaudata) of the Barents Region of Russia". Hydrobiologia. 359 (1–3): 69–74. doi:10.1023/A:1003116432010.