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Fairy Shrimp

Female and male fairy shrimp

Pool-breeding wildlife:
Fairy shrimp

Anostracan species

Variable in color with stalked eyes; swim upside down in pools from late winter to early spring

Size: adult length is usually 0.5-1.5 inches

Eggs: carried in brood pouch, eventually released

Photos by Laura Heady and Meredith Taylor