Branchinecta paludosa

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Branchinecta paludosa
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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

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 between the end of July and middle of August. They are then reproductive for 35–45 days.[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. doi:10.1163/156854099503744. JSTOR 20106186. 
  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. doi:10.2307/1549133. JSTOR 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.