fairy shrimp

noun
any member of the crustacean order Anostraca, characterized by an elongate trunk with more than 20 segments and the absence of a carapace, typically found swimming ventral side up in fresh water.

Origin:
1855–60

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fairy shrimp
 
n
any small freshwater branchiopod crustacean of the genera Chirocephalus, Artemia, etc, having a transparent body with many appendages and habitually swimming on its back: order Anostraca

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Example sentences
Fairy shrimp are one of many animals which have adapted to life in playa lakes.
These vernal ponds, filled with snowmelt and spring rain, attract frogs as well as salamanders and fairy shrimp.
Adult fairy shrimp live only for a single season, while there is water in the pools.
Tiger salamanders, toads, and fairy shrimp can be found in the isolated vernal pools.
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