|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 X actual size!
Minis 2” each
Keychain 2 - 3” with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Copepod (Centropages hamatus)
FACTS: Copepods are tiny aquatic crustaceans. There are about 15,000 species of copepods, and they may be the most abundant multicellular animals on the planet – even more numerous than insects!
Their name means “paddle foot” and they are generally smaller than a grain of rice. A type of zooplankton (or “animal drifter”), copepods eat phytoplankton, protozoa, and other tiny animals – and nearly every aquatic animal eats them. (If you’ve ever been swimming in an ocean, river, or lake, you’ve almost certainly swallowed one too…)
Nevertheless, copepods are excellent escape artists: by storing energy in their swimming legs and releasing it like a spring, they can “jump” in the water like a kangaroo or flea jumps on land.
Copepods live virtually everywhere there is water: in freshwater, saltwater, aquariums – and they can even be found in public water supply pipes.
Although copepods themselves are quite harmless to humans, cholera bacteria can attach to the surface of certain species. Where drinking water is untreated (such as in poor, tropical areas of the world), copepods can inadvertently become a health issue.
Fortunately, scientists have discovered that by simply filtering drinking water through a folded piece of cloth, copepods are captured and the risk of contracting cholera is greatly reduced. Now that’s something worth jumping up and down about!
|Description||They help keep the ocean and waters clean by eating algae, bacteria, and dead matter. They also help control mosquito populations and spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by eating mosquito larvae.|
|Name||The word “copepod” comes from Greek roots, meaning paddle-footed, to describe their paddle-shaped bodies.|
|Actual Size||They range from 0.2 to 10 millimeters, but usually measure at 1 to 2 millimeters.|
|Where It Lives||Copepods are tiny, acquatic animals that live in both salt and freshwater environments. They can be free-living or ectoparasites, meaning they cling onto larger animals like fish and whales. They eat other tinier organisms like bacteria, amoeba, paramecium, euglena, and larvae. They serve as food for small fish, rotifers, and aquatic insects. Unfortunately, they can also harbor parasites, like worms and flukes. When fish eat infected copepods, they may also get infected.|
|History||Copepods have been the subject of research for thousands of years. The oldest published work dates back almost 2,000 years and includes observations by Aristotle! There are over 10,000 species of copepods all over the world!|
|Fascinating Facts||Copepods have the ability to encyst, or morph into a hard body. This allows them to resist drought periods when their habitat dries up. Scientists have found viable, living copepod cysts as old as 300 years!|