Cyclops sp.

    Description

    Cyclops is one of the most common genera of freshwater copepods, and as the name suggests has a single eye which may be either red or black. It can vary in size from 0.5 to 5 mm long.

    Habitat

    It lives along the plant-covered banks of stagnant and slow-flowing bodies of water, mainly in freshwater.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    It feeds on small fragments of plant material, animals or carrion and has the capacity to survive unsuitable conditions by forming a cloak of slime.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

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