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Branchinella ja01.jpg
Branchinella sp. from a rice paddy in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Anostraca
Family: Thamnocephalidae
Genus: Branchinella
Sayce, 1903
Type species
Branchipus australiensis
Richters, 1976 [1]

Branchinella is a genus of crustaceans in the family Thamnocephalidae. This fairy shrimp genus is found across many parts of the world, but especially western Australia and southern Africa.[2]

Several species are threatened by habitat destruction, and B. latzi might be extinct. The latter species was formerly found in waterholes at Uluru, but these have become polluted with urine and faeces of hikers, and the shrimp was absent in a recent survey.

Selected species[edit]

Branchinella includes the following species:[3][4][5]

Some related fairy shrimp, such as Phallocryptus wrighti, were formerly placed in Branchinella.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Brian V. Timms (2008). "Further studies on the fairy shrimp genus Branchinella (Crustacea, Anostraca, Thamnocephalidae) in Western Australia, with descriptions of new species" (PDF). Records of the Western Australian Museum. 24 (3): 289–306. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Brian V. Timms (2003). "The fairy shrimp genus Branchinella Sayce (Crustacea: Anostraca: Thamnocephalidae) in Western Australia, including a description of four new species". Hydrobiologia. 486 (1): 71–89. doi:10.1023/A:1021330230369. 
  3. ^ Denton Belk; Ján Brtek (1995). D. Belk, H. J. Dumont & G. Maier, ed. "Studies on Large Branchiopod Biology and Aquaculture II". Hydrobiologia. 298 (1–3): 315–353. doi:10.1007/BF00033826.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Denton Belk; Ján Brtek (1997). M. A. Simovich, C. Sassaman & D. Belk, ed. "Studies on Large Branchiopod Biology and Conservation". Hydrobiologia. 359 (1–3): 243–245. doi:10.1023/A:1003172516989.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  5. ^ D. Christopher Rogers, Shusen Shu & Junxing Yang (2013). "The identity of Branchinella yunnanensis Shen, 1949, with a brief review of the subgenus Branchinellites (Branchiopoda: Anostraca: Thamnocephalidae)". Journal of Crustacean Biology (in press). doi:10.1163/1937240X-00002155. 
  6. ^ La-Orsri Sanoamuang, Nukul Saengphan; Gopal Murugan (2002). A. M. Maeda-Martínez; B. V. Timms; D. C. Rogers; F. A. Abreu-Grobois; G. Murugan, eds. "Studies on Large Branchiopod Biology 4". Hydrobiologia. 486 (1): 63–69. doi:10.1023/A:1021378113530.  |chapter= ignored (help)