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Pleopis polyphaemoides

Leuckart (1859)

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Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Branchiopoda
Subclass Phyllopoda
Order Diplostraca
Suborder Cladocera
Family Podonidae
Genus Pleopis
Species polyphaemoides


  • Female: 0.3 - 0.7 mm
  • Male: 0.4 - 0.7 mm

Distinguishing characteristics

  • Body small
  • Caudal rami short, in outline almost a equilateral triangle


  • Small conical carapace
  • Head & eyes larger than in female
  • Distal segment of endopodite of leg 1 situated on small peduncle bearing long hook; the preceding segment with only 1 setae
  • Copulatory organ is rounded off distally


  • Almost spherical brood pouch
  • Carapace faintly reticulate
  • Head round & eyes very large, occupying almost the whole forehead
  • Antennule very small
  • Postabdominal setae are short, but still much longer than the small reduced caudal peduncle on which they are situated
  • Brood pouch with 2-7 embryos




  • Flößner, D., (1972) Kiemen- und Blattfüßer, Branchiopoda; Fischläuse, Branchiura. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands, 60. Teil. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena.