Significance to humans

Although cladocerans are not recognized by most humans, they are vital for sustaining functions that humans value in many aquatic ecosystems. In particular, cladocerans are a critical link in the food chain that enables aquatic habitats to support valuable species of fish.

1. Common water flea (Daphnia pulex); 2. Fishhook water flea (Cercopagis pengoi). (Illustration by Jonathan Higgins)

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