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Daphnia galeata (waterflea)

Synonyms: Daphnia acuminata; Daphnia ceresiana; Daphnia goniocephala; Daphnia jurassica; Daphnia microcephala; Daphnia obtusifrons; Daphnia oxycephala; Daphnia primitiva; Daphnia rotundata; Daphnia turicensis

Wikipedia Abstract

Daphnia galeata is a small species of planktonic crustacean. 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. In the lower Great Lakes, the populations are mostly hybrids of the European and American subspecies.
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    


Prey / Diet

Elakatothrix genevensis[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Bosmina longirostris1


Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)[2]
Bythotrephes longimanus (spiny waterflea)[2]
Coregonus albula (European whitefish)[3]
Coregonus clupeaformis (Common whitefish)[2]
Coregonus hoyi (Bloater)[2]
Coregonus wartmanni (Blue whitefish)[3]
Cottus cognatus (Anadyr sculpin)[2]
Gasterosteus aculeatus (Alaskan stickleback)[1]
Myoxocephalus quadricornis (Alaska fourhorn sculpin)[2]
Mysis relicta (opossum shrimp)[2]
Neosalanx pseudotaihuensis[4]
Oncorhynchus mykiss (redband trout)[2]
Osmerus mordax (Rainbow smelt)[2]
Perca flavescens (Yellow perch)[2]
Salvelinus alpinus (Arctic charr)[1]
Sander vitreus (Walleye)[2]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Food web topology and parasites in the pelagic zone of a subarctic lake, Per-Arne Amundsen, Kevin D. Lafferty, Rune Knudsen, Raul Primicerio, Anders Klemetsen and Armand M. Kuris, Journal of Animal Ecology 2009, 78, 563–572
2NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Diet of the zooplanktivorous icefish Neosalanx pseudotaihuensis Zhang, Zhengwen Liu, Hydrobiologia 459: 51-56, 2001
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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