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Notodromas monacha
Notodromas monacha

This ostracod has a special way of life: unlike the other species it swims right under the surface film and filters the edible particles which are there. It is fun seeing a group of these animals, sometimes quite, then racing after each other like a group of children. The specimen on the picture is seen from above the water surface, so we look at the lower side of this ostracod.

On the picture below a side view. Notodromas has a rather linear side, with which it hangs on the water surface.

Notodromas monacha

This ostracod can swim under water very well too, or lay down on the bottom for a while. It looks like a little mussel then.

Notodromas monacha

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