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Brief Summary

    Triop (Tadpole Shrimp)
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    The Triop, or Tadpole shrimp is a theoretically immortal creature. When in water, it behaves normally, swimming and eating, but during periods of drought, it shrinks to an "egg", a nonmoving, living ball. It can survive this way for five years, without moving or eating at all. When water returns, it slowly grows back into it's normal forrm. These cruestaceans are commercially sold as "instant pets" much as Brine Shrimp(Artemia Salina) are sold as "Sea Monkeys"

    Triops: Brief Summary
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    Triops is a genus of small crustaceans in the order Notostraca (tadpole shrimp). Some species are considered living fossils, with a fossil record that reaches back to the late Carboniferous, 300 million years ago. The long lasting resting eggs of one species, Triops longicaudatus, are commonly sold in kits as a pet. In contact with fresh water the animals hatch. Most Triops have a life expectancy of up to 90 days (adult stage only; not including egg period), and can tolerate a pH range of 6–10. In nature they often inhabit temporary pools.

Comprehensive Description

Habitat

    Habitat
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    Triops occur in vernal pools. These pools must last for at least 2 weeks for the Triops to become fully adult. The pools often occur in deserts, such as the Outback Desert in Australia where Triops australiensis makes its home.