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Vernal pool fairy shrimp are usually translucent, however some have been observed to be white or orange. They feature stalked compound eyes, no carapace, and eleven pairs of legs. The fairy shrimp swim by moving their legs from front to back in a wave-like motion. They eat algae, bacteria, protozoa, rotifers, and detritus, and are eaten by birds and other animals, notably by the tadpoles of spadefoot toads. Vernal pool fairy shrimp have a lifetime of about two months. They usually hatch in early January, and die in early March.
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