Pond Water Animals, 
Not to be confused with Protists

Below are a few microscopic animals found in fresh water.  Some of these animals, like the rotifers may look like protozoans but they are not.  Each is made of many cells and belongs to the Kingdom Animalia.

The rotifers and gastrotrichs are related to the round worms.  The Daphnia, Macrothrix, Cypris and Cyclops are crustaceans and related to crabs, lobsters and shrimp.  The Hydra is a coelenterate and is related to the jellyfish, sea anemone and coral.

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Click to see chaetonotus.jpg
chaetonotus
Click to see cyclops.jpg
cyclops
Click to see cypris.jpg
cypris
Click to see daphnia.jpg
daphnia
Click to see hydra.jpg
hydra
Click to see macrothrix.jpg
macrothrix
Click to see rotifers.jpg
rotifers
Click to see rotifer.jpg
rotifer

 

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