brine shrimp


Definition of brine shrimp

: any of a genus (Artemia) of branchiopod crustaceans that can exist in strongly saline environments

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Despite its water being three times saltier than the ocean, the lake supports throngs of migrating birds that feed on teeming alkali flies and brine shrimp. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 Every single polyp that was given the choice ate almost twice as many microbeads as brine shrimp eggs. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These corals choose to eat plastic over food," 25 June 2019 This packet contains salt, water conditioner and some brine shrimp eggs. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Sea Monkey Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 16 May 2018 The Salton Sea of the future will resemble Mono Lake in California's Sierra range and the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which support limited ecological diversity but lots of shorebirds, brine shrimp and brine flies. Louis Sahagun,, "As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea," 17 May 2018 The scientists added water of two different salinities and up to 135,000 brine shrimp to each. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Tiny shrimp may be mixing ocean water as much as the wind and waves," 18 Apr. 2018 After a half-dozen of these up/down cycles, the researchers left the brine shrimp on the bottom of the tank and read the salinity at a variety of depths. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean," 20 Apr. 2018 To get the brine shrimp to migrate, the researchers simply took advantage of the fact that these organisms migrate toward the light. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean," 20 Apr. 2018 In these native habitats, the birds feast on a diet of algae, brine shrimp, and plankton—the same foods that San Diego's sole flamingo and a host of other birds enjoy. National Geographic, "Lonely Flamingo Mysteriously Appears in a Major City," 9 Mar. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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