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Copepod crustaceans are the most abundant organisms among the zooplankton, numbering more than 14,000 species. These arthtopod range in size from 0.2 to 10 millimetres and occupy nearly all marine and freshwater ecosystems. <br />
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This male Sappharina copepod reflects and diffracts light through tiny plates situated in the epidermal cells covering its surface. Depending on the orientation of the animal, its flat body switches from fully transparent to brightly coloured. Sapphirina are most abundant when their hosts, the salps, proliferate., Black Water diving over Gufstream Current,depth 600 ft. Full moon, Super moon, with Pura Via Divers, off Singer Island, Florida