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Copepods: Copepoda

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Copepods are found on every continent, including Antarctica. They also live in all of the world's oceans and seas.


As a group, copepods eat a wide variety of foods. Some species grab tiny organisms, or bits of their tissues, floating in the water. Others are specialists and will eat only tiny algae (AL-jee). Species living on the bottom usually scavenge dead organisms, but some prey on tiny animals. Parasites living on or inside their hosts feed on body tissues and fluids.


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