at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan

Robin James Smith

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The freshwater ostracod Cypridopsis vidua. Click on the image for next one in the series.

Dorsal view of a female Cypridopsis vidua, length 0.6 mm. It is very common in the south basin of Lake Biwa. This asexual species is one of the most common species of freshwater ostracods globally. It is very variable in its carapace morphology and colouration, ranging from green, purple to black stripes, or with no stripes at all. (Click on the image to view the next one in the series.)