Daphnia galeata

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Daphnia galeata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Branchiopoda
Order: Cladocera
Family: Daphniidae
Genus: Daphnia
Subgenus: Daphnia
Species: D. galeata
Binomial name
Daphnia galeata
G. O. Sars, 1864 [1]
  • D. g. galeata G. O. Sars, 1864
  • D. g. mendotae Birge, 1918

Daphnia galeata is a small species of planktonic crustaceans. It lives in freshwater environments across a large area of the Northern Hemisphere, mostly in lakes.

D. galeata comprises two subspecies: D. g. galeata, found in the Old World, and D. g. mendotae, named after Lake Mendota near Madison, Wisconsin, in the New World. D. g. mendotae may be a homoploid hybrid taxon.[2] In the lower Great Lakes, the populations are mostly hybrids of the European and American subspecies.[3]