Any of the crustaceans in the order Anostraca, named for their graceful movements and pastel colours. Some grow to 1 in. (2.5 cm) or more in length. They live in freshwater ponds in Europe, Central Asia, western North America, the drier regions of Africa, and Australia. See also shrimp.
Fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus vernalis)—William JahodaNational Audubon Society/Photo Researchers
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