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brine shrimp

Brine Shrimp and the Biological Themes

Structure and Function

Transformation on Energy and Matter

Unity and Diversity




-Brine shrimp has cells, a body, and lives in an ecosystem

-All brine shrimp have similar features and habits, although they differ in some areas like gender, size, color, and reproductive behavior

-Since they are attracted to light, they swim upside down to face the sun. If the light is excessively light, they will move away from the sun. -Can tolerate up to 50% salt concentration

-They depend on salinity levels because without the correct salinity level it will affect their life span and how fast they can move -Depend on green algae for food -Rely on each other to reproduce -One advantage of their salty location means that they have very few predators, but the disadvantage is their diet is limited

-Bigger fish eat brine shrimp which transfers energy-When they urinate or deficate, although it is not a lot of matter being released, they are still transferring matter

-The body has 19 to 20 trunk segments. The first 11 trunk segments have pairs of appendages called phyllopodia that function as paddles for movement through the water -Compound eyes at the end of stalks are found on the head, along with two pairs of antennae and a set of mandibles, also known as the creature's jaws. -Gills help them deal with the high salt content by absorbing and excreting ions as necessary and producing a concentrated urine from the maxillary glands-The obtain food by either filtering small particles with fine slender spines on the legs as they swim or by grazing on bottom mud and scraping algae off rocks with quick movements of their appendages


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