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Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnke) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnke) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnke) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnke) at the MK Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Virile crayfish (Faxonius virilis) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Virile crayfish (Faxonius virilis) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Southern redbelly dace (Chrosomus erythrogaster) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Southern redbelly dace (Chrosomus erythrogaster) at the Milford Nature Center.

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Tiger nerite snail (Neritina natalensis) at Kansas University.

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Tiger nerite snail (Neritina natalensis) at Kansas University.

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Freshwater shrimp (Caridina multidentata) at Kansas University.

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Freshwater shrimp (Caridina multidentata) at Kansas University.

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Branched fairy shrimp (Branchinella frondosa) at Kansas University.

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San Francisco Brine Shrimp (Artemia franciscana) at Kansas University.

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San Francisco Brine Shrimp (Artemia franciscana) at Kansas University.

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LindahlÕs fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lindahli) at Kansas University.

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Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) at Kansas University. This federally threatened species is found in vernal pools in the Great Central Valley of California, the California central Coast Ranges, and the Agate Desert in Oregon. It has become a flagship animal for vernal pool conservation in California, and is an important dietary component of migrating waterfowl. Ducks, sandpipers, and killdeer consume large numbers of this shrimp for the necessary protein and fat for their northward migrations.

This species is listed as threatened by the ESA and as VU on the IUCN Red List

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Fairy shrimp (Branchinecta mediospinosa) wild caught near Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas.

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A female critically endangered fairy shrimp (Branchinecta mediospinosa) wild caught near Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas releases her eggs.

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San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis) at Kansas University. The female, above, is carrying eggs.
Listed as federally endangered in the US.

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Packard’s fairy shrimp (Branchinecta packardi) at the Kansas University. Shown is a female carrying eggs (lower right) along with two males.

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Long-snouted pipefish (Doryichthys boaja) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Long-snouted pipefish (Doryichthys boaja) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Long-snouted pipefish (Doryichthys boaja) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Long-snouted pipefish (Doryichthys boaja) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Bucktooth tetra (Exodon paradoxus) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Bucktooth tetra (Exodon paradoxus) at Faunia in Madrid, Spain.

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Smooth pimpleback (Cyclonaias houstonensis) from the Crustacean and Molluskan Ecology Lab at Auburn University.

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Smooth pimpleback (Cyclonaias houstonensis) from the Crustacean and Molluskan Ecology Lab at Auburn University.

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